Munchausen Syndrome (cont.)
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Munchausen Syndrome Causes
The causes of Munchausen syndrome are unknown. Some experts suggest that it is a defense mechanism against sexual and aggressive impulses. Others believe it may be a form of self-punishment. Determining an exact cause is difficult because people with Munchausen syndrome are not open and honest about their condition, making research on them nearly impossible. Risk factors for Munchausen syndrome and Munchausen syndrome by proxy include a background in day care or health care in the involved parent, marital problems between parents, or personality disorders like borderline personality disorder.
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