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DrWeird Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 04:05 PM
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Anybody know someone with Munchausen syndrome?
Looks like we've got a case with the new hire.

Jesus, my lab attracts the strangest fucking people.
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Dookus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 04:06 PM
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1. is it
real Munchausens, or just hypochondria? in Munchhausens, people actively MAKE themselves ill. Very strange condition...
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trof Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 04:08 PM
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3. Munchausen?
or Munchausen-by-proxie?
I sometimes think we have some of both in here.
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DrWeird Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 04:09 PM
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4. Apparently she took a dive down the stairs.
After "getting hit by a car" the other week and hurting her arm,

and before that...

"burning her self severly" which we can't figure out where or how she did it.
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Susang Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 04:30 PM
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12. Sounds like domestic violence
Is she married or have a boyfriend?
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TrogL Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 04:08 PM
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2. Munchasen's or Munchasen's-by-proxy?
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DrWeird Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 04:09 PM
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5. Munchausen
nt
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trof Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 04:09 PM
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6. dead heat
you reading minds now?
;-)
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TrogL Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 04:21 PM
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8. doesn't synchronicity rock?
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jbfam4 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 04:20 PM
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7. the white house uses
Munchausen politics.......
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prolesunited Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 04:26 PM
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9. Well, you ARE DrWeird
what did you expect?

Joking aside, can you talk to her to find out if she's always had so many accidents or if this is a new thing? She could be nervous about changes in her life, like a new job, and just not mindful of her surroundings. Or, it could be a run of bad luck. It does sound very odd, though.

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Dookus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 04:28 PM
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10. is she in a relationship?
This could also be a sign of domestic abuse.
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DrWeird Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 04:38 PM
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15. She does have a jerk boyfriend.
That tells her she should be the chemist that she wants to be.

Time to call the A-team.
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izzie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 04:29 PM
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11. Well I am sure I do not have it!!!!!!!!
and will I need a doc because I am sure I do not have it?
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izzie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 04:31 PM
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13. I should not kid maybe she really is ill.
n/t
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trof Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 04:33 PM
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14. google it
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 04:48 PM
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16. try talking to her, Dr Weird
find out if it's a severe cry for attention.
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DrWeird Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 04:52 PM
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17. Well, I KNOW she wants attention, that's why I ignore her.
:evilgrin:

If she didn't want attention, she wouldn't have called 9-11. Don't she know all the scheming I got up in this joint? I can't be having paramedics and 5-0 just walking around the place, what without a warrant and everyting.
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radwriter0555 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 05:10 PM
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18. Knew a nut with Munchausen by Proxie. She kept insisting her daughter
was being molested by her ex. I first knew there was a far deeper, more serious problem when she insisted that her child's drawing of a house (with a roof) was actually a PENIS. I have a kid the same age, drawing the same thing. Wasn't a penis. It was a house. She couldn't be pursueded and was dragging the child to shrink after shrink trying to find someone to validate her issues.

The second clue was when she told me that the devil had been to visit her (the night before), appearing at the foot of her bed.

The woman had been molested (allegedly) as a child, and I believe that she was projecting this story onto her child so that she could be the hero, the rescuer, the protector of her child.

Mental illness runs in her family. Have no idea how the scene has resolved itself. Indeed a tough, tough situation.

Even if your co-worker has this issue, is it truly a concern of yours, or merely of interest? Is it affecting your specific workplace issues?
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Interrobang Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 05:58 PM
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19. I knew someone with M. by Proxy too.
(Minor spelling gripe: It's PROXY, not "proxie.")

She was trying to get her adult son diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome. Now, I know a bunch of Aspies and he isn't one. He's maybe a bit depressive at times, but he's not autistic, and she was originally a cause of most of his problems anyway. Ever since he was little, she's been trying to "find out what's wrong with him," and had him in and out of pediatric psychiatric (in and outpatient) care for "behavioural problems," which is a sort of catch-all that can definitely apply to the difficulties of being hyperintelligent and a bright underachiever (I orta know). He could tell you stories about institutional child abuse that'd scare your pants off. Life got better for him once he got out from under his mom's thumb...

As to the other kind, I don't know much about it.
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