Dr. Roxanne Dryden-Edwards is an adult, child, and adolescent psychiatrist. She is a former Chair of the Committee on Developmental Disabilities for the American Psychiatric Association, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, and Medical Director of the National Center for Children and Families in Bethesda, Maryland.
Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.
What are the complications of Munchausen syndrome by proxy?
If left untreated, this illness can result in child victims who grow up to be medically or emotionally disabled. It may even be fatal in more than 5% of cases, and more than 7% may experience either long-term or permanent injury as a result. Survivors of MSBP are unfortunately at higher risk of becoming perpetrators of this and other forms of child abuse as adults.
Where can one get more information on Munchausen syndrome by proxy?
Child Welfare Information Gateway
1250 Maryland Avenue, SW,
Washington, D.C. 20024
National Child Abuse Hotline
Prevent Child Abuse America
500 North Michigan Avenue Suite 200
American Psychiatric Association
1000 Wilson Blvd. Suite 1825
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, N.E.
National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI)
Colonial Place Three
Wilson Blvd. Suite 300
Arlington, Va. 22201-3042
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Office of Communications
Executive Blvd. Room 8184
Bethesda, Md. 20892-9663
Medically reviewed by Douglas Barton, MD; Board Certified Pediatrics
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