Mommy Dead and Dearest is a terrible story of Gypsy Rose Blancharde, who has accused for the murder of her mother, Dee Dee Blancharde, a mentally ill woman with Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome. Dee Dee Blancharde claimed for years the sickness of her daughter Gypsy Rose Blancharde, and visited her to the local hospital for more than hundred times between 2005 and 2014.
According to Marc Feldman, clinical psychologist and Munchausen expert, Dee Dee was viciously subjected to Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome. She lied about Gypsy’s everything for years, from her real age to her physical and mental health status. Gypsy was subjected to several unjustifiable surgeries due to her mother’s claims that went undisputed by numerous doctors. Mommy Dead and Dearest is a story of mental illness and child abuse that finally ended on the horrific murder of Dee Dee Blancharde.
What is Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy?
Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy (MSbP) is a mental illness in which a caregiver or partner causes to induce, exaggerate or make up physical or mental health problems in those who are under their care, with the primary purpose of gaining sympathy or attention from others. As the victims of Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy are susceptible people, so it is a kind of child abuse or elder abuse.
Symptoms of Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy
A caregiver in Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy makes a child or elder person to appear physically or mentally sick or harmed, either by causing harm in real or by creating the symptoms, to get the attention of people and medical providers. The caregiver methodically misrepresents the symptoms, manipulates laboratory tests, makes signs, or even deliberately causes harm to the child for sustaining medical relationships. Studies have revealed that the mortality or death rate of Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy victims is between 6 to 10%, which possibly making it the most fatal form of child abuse.
Possible Causes of Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy
Emotional sickness or trauma in childhood, which often resulted in wide medical attention, personality disorder that generates sequences of abnormal thoughts and behavior, and resent against the professionals of healthcare are the possible causes of Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy.
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