Health Matters: All about Munchausen's addiction to feigning illness
Munchausen syndrome is a rare disorder in which a person pretends to be ill, either physically or psychologically. The name comes from Baron Munchausen, who is said to have told fantastical stories about his life in the 1700s. Dr. Michelle Wright says people with this problem, which is also known as hospital addiction syndrome, are usually pathological liars. She talks about the causes of the condition, such as childhood trauma, and the difficulties in treating the disorder:
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Staying home sick (eyeliam/flickr)
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