Munchausen Syndrome (cont.)
Roxanne Dryden-Edwards, MD
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.
William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
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.
In this Article
- Munchausen syndrome facts
- What is Munchausen syndrome?
- What causes Munchausen syndrome?
- What are Munchausen syndrome symptoms and signs?
- How is Munchausen syndrome diagnosed?
- What is the treatment for Munchausen syndrome?
- What is the prognosis for Munchausen syndrome?
- Can Munchausen syndrome be prevented?
- Where can people get more information about Munchausen syndrome?
- Find a local Psychiatrist in your town
Can Munchausen syndrome be prevented?
Prevention or early treatment of the factors that place people at risk for developing Munchausen syndrome are important aspects of decreasing the likelihood that the disorder will develop in a specific individual. Therefore, prevention and early detection of child abuse, education of parents, and other family members of the importance of seeing the needs for attention by seriously ill family members and for those close to them may go a long way toward preventing Munchausen syndrome from occurring in the family. If signs of the illness are detected, the earlier they can be addressed, both in the course of the illness and at the youngest age possible for the sufferer, the better the likely outcome.
Where can people get more information about Munchausen syndrome?
American Psychiatric Association
1000 Wilson Blvd. Suite 1825
Arlington, VA 22209
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, N.E.
Washington, D.C. 20002-4242
National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI)
Colonial Place Three
2107 Wilson Blvd. Suite 300
Arlington, VA 22201-3042
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Office of Communications
6001 Executive Blvd. Room 8184
Bethesda, MD 20892-9663
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