Friday, January 15, 2010

What should you tell a parent who keeps diagnosing you with problems?

My mom is a hypochondriac, but with me instead of herself. She keeps suggesting new pills and that I have blah blah blah even after the doctor says I am fine. It really makes me angry and I need some advice so I don't scream at her.What should you tell a parent who keeps diagnosing you with problems?
This is actually an illness called muchausen syndrome, heres some info..

In Munchausen syndrome, the affected person exaggerates or creates symptoms of illnesses in themselves or their child/children in order to gain investigation, treatment, attention, sympathy, and comfort from medical personnel. In some extremes, people suffering from M眉nchausen's Syndrome are highly knowledgeable about the practice of medicine, and are able to produce symptoms that result in multiple unnecessary operations. For example, they may inject a vein with infected material, causing widespread infection of unknown origin, and as a result cause lengthy and costly medical analysis and prolonged hospital stay. The role of ';patient'; is a familiar and comforting one, and it fills a psychological need in people with M眉nchausen's. It is distinct from hypochondriasis in that patients with M眉nchausen syndrome are aware that they are exaggerating, whereas sufferers of hypochondriasis believe they actually have a disease.

A similar behavior called M眉nchausen syndrome by proxy has been documented in the parent or guardian of a child. The adult ensures that his or her child will experience some medical affliction, therefore compelling the child to suffer treatment for a significant portion of their youth in hospitals. Furthermore, a disease may actually be initiated in the child by the parent or guardian. This condition is considered distinct from M眉nchausen syndrome.What should you tell a parent who keeps diagnosing you with problems?
Here is a great free resource for you...

I would just tell her what you said here... and that she should stop saying those things to you, and get the help she needs...

this method works
Ask to see her medical degree. Tell her that when she can produce one, you'll start taking her advice.

It worked like a charm with my mom. :)
Tell her she's the one who needs to take pills!

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