MUNCHAUSEN SYNDROME BY PROXY - SUPOSSED DEBUNKED THEORY
Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy - The supposed 'debunked theory'.
June 4, 2014 at 12:59am
Munchausen Mothers . The Supposed 'debunked theory '
Written by Melizza .Jayne Moore
2nd June 2014
The year was 1951, an English doctor coined the phrase Munchausen Syndrome . This is a mental health condition in which individuals injure themselves in order to get attention . It may sound extreme that somebody reaches those depths , in order to elicit attention . Usually if somebody is unwell , they would visit a medical professional to get treated . But to do self harm to yourself deliberately, is a different matter .
Of course a hypochrondriac is different . Their incessant complaints of ill health Constantly seeking remedies for illnesses , imagined or real . So where is the line drawn ? . Such time wasters may be dismissed from doctors surgeries or hospital emergency departments . It is only when the person keeps reappearing with the same complaints repeatedly or possible different places to avoid detection , that alarm bells start to ring . There are such terms as malingering , attention seeker . They must know deep down they are pretending ! .
A person may also tell tales that do not ring true . These are the tall stories that the disorder is named after . The eighteenth century Baron Munchausen . A person who is insistent that these things are true may also be known as Walter Mitty characters . They make good con men too . As we go back in time there has been stories in the press ( in which I ardently follow as a true crime fanatic) , of where women , usually a mother has been accused of harming a child in their care . A child with 'illnesses' that necessitated, in health care professionals are being used as leverage , into the delusion within that the child is sick . A raised temperature , rashes . Unexplained ailments. This is a variant form of the woman who may intentionally hurts herself . She is using the child to gain attention for herself . The child is a mere puppet . I am not suggesting that all mothers who routinely fantasize the child is unwell . Or that she has gone to the professionals worried for her child . It is the ones that have nothing flagged up at all .
Under the umbrella term of Personality Disorder , there are various diagnostic labels . One of them is Narcissistic Personality Disorder . Covertly within this disorder is the term MsBPor F.I.I . In recent years, case law has many convictions regarding a mum who has hurt or killed a child. Subsequent appeals against the lengthy sentences for murder or Infanticide has revealed that these women were actually innocent . In particular the case of Sally Clarke . Her conviction was overturned . But it was all too late . The poor lady died in the end . Can you imagine what that must be like , being compared to killers like Kathleen Folbigg , MaryBeth Tinning and Beverley Allitt ? . Note that the killer Diane Downs killed her child , maiming the others , because she wanted her lover to remain with her . She was said to have suffered from Psychopathic Personality Disorder . That these other three women killed innocent children . Kathleen Folbigg was later found to have a Personality Disorder . That some unknown expert witness who has labelled you as a potential child abuser . Child Abusers do not walk around with a label visible on their heads . They are all around us . To the person that is too harsh to their children , to the bruised and frightened malnourished child you might see if only peoples eyes were truly open.
A Personality Disorder is a polite way of saying that your childhood or young adulthood had some trauma in it . That certain disorder was coined in the 1930's. As a true crime fanatic from early childhood ( I know it sounds macabre , but some state I was always destined to be a true crime writer , much like my idols that I read) . It sounds rather grandiose of me to utter that I have in depth knowledge of 20th century criminology .
All human beings possess Personality Disorder traits , yet many are not diagnosed with this mainly insidious mental health condition . As it is invisible. to most people. It is the last resort diagnosis after all else fails . A person may be labelled as just quirky . The answer lies in why this is the case . Are we all guilty as a society , for not spotting that there are people who do fit the profile of hidden Child Abuse . Those people you might not even guess . That Child Abuse is a taboo that is swept under the carpet , lest not to discuss it , in case it offends the person sitting next to us .
In Family Courts , expert witnesses are being instructed to be on the lookout to find any symptoms of MsbP or F.I.I . This is a terrifying prospect for such a mother . That her medical records can be revealed for all and sundry . Analysed for indicators of MSBp . It is very easy for this to happen . What they are REALLY looking for is overly dramatic behaviour in any format ( histrionic) and Narcissism ) . This equates to a selfish and a vain person . The primary love of one's self . An expert witness is paid THOUSANDS of pounds to write a report, that reflects that a person is somehow unfit to rear their offspring , enough to have that child to be removed from parental care . Such is lost in those moments when a Judge rubber stamps those orders . Be very careful ladies of repeated visits to G.P's etc with complaints of 'little Johnny is very sick' . It could land you with the unfortunate label of the above .
These expert witnesses have a lot to answer for . No I am not talking about you Professor Sir Roy Meadows or you David Southall used in COUNTLESS court cases ! . These theories are now said to be debunked , but are they ?
. I have read this book http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sickened-True-Story-Lost-Childhood/dp/0099466295
And also this one http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2007/dec/06/ukcrime.health
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