Munchausen Syndrome Directory
Munchausen syndrome is a mental illness in which an adult repeatedly acts as if he or she is sick, when there is no illness present. It is a serious disorder because some people will hurt themselves to produce symptoms of an illness. Symptoms include eagerness to undergo medical tests or procedures, dramatic medical history, unclear symptoms, multiple scars on the body, and more. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how Munchausen syndrome is caused as well as its symptoms, treatments, statistics, and more.
Munchausen Syndrome By Proxy
Learn about Munchausen syndrome by proxy, in which someone exaggerates a child's symptoms or even causes the child's illness.
WebMD explains the causes, symptoms, and treatment of Munchausen syndrome, a disorder in which a person repeatedly acts as if he or she has a physical or mental illness when he or she is not really sick.
Types of Psychotherapy
WebMD explores the role of psychotherapy in treating and managing mental illness.
Causes of Mental Illness
A look at the various causes of mental illness, including biological, psychological, and environmental factors.