June 5, 2006

Idea: A new mental disorder diagnosis

scream.gifMany people are already familiar with the disorder known as Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy. This is a form of mistreatment where a caregiver, usually a mother, pretends that a child has an illness, and the child is subjected to all sorts of unnecessary testing and treatments, just so the mother can get some attention.

But what about a child who pretends that his mother has Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy, just so he can get some attention? I submit that this child shall be diagnosed as having Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy by Proxy.

Look for it in the DSM-V.


Doctors are now able to diagnose patients with “hypochondria”, and have determined that antidepressants are an effective treatment for the condition. This raises the possibility of hypochondriacs going to the doctor thinking they have hypochondria when in fact it’s their hypochondria telling them they have hypochondria, and in fact they are not sick at all, and if they only take some antidepressants, this will become clear to them.