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How is Munchausen syndrome by proxy (MSP) treated?

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The first step is to ensure the safety of anyone the person with MSP may have harmed. It often requires a team that includes a social worker, foster care, and law enforcement, as well as doctors.

It's hard to treat people with MSP because they often deny there's a problem. Treatment success depends on the person telling the truth, which may be a problem for some. Still, psychotherapy and other mental health support are treatment options for MSP.

From: Munchausen Syndrome By Proxy WebMD Medical Reference

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Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 20, 2018

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MedlinePlus: "Munchausen syndrome by proxy."

KidsHealth: Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome."

 

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 20, 2018

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