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It is not uncommon for persons with eating disorders to have issues that could be related to this co-existing disorder- Munchausen.
As you state- if you see this pattern dating back many years, it is a possibility that this could be a factor.
If your niece is in a treatment program- this should be explored as part of the family therapy treatment componant
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In your view- does your sister have an eating disorder?
No, my sister doesn't.
or does she have a history of mental illness........
I understand you niece does-------often
Yes, she is definitely troubled; we were brought up in a very abusive environment -- physically and emotionally.
Above are primary characteristics of a parent of a child with MBP
My sister constantly seeks medical attention. Since it's my understanding about Munchausen that people eventually get to the point where they no longer get attention from others, they begin to "hurt" their child so they have a renewed cause for "needing" sympathy and comforting.
The characteristics you listed DO apply.
This is true and that is why it is likely that you Sister has Munchausen \
Sometimes they often have a similar disorder as the child is experiencing........that is why I asked if you Sister has a history of Eating Disorder
Right, I understand that she probably does have Munchausen. My concern, though, is not my sister -- it's my niece. Do you think the staff at ERC in Denver would "listen," and should I "interfere?"
If I were you- I would write a letter and FAX it to the Treatment program and the Doctor who is treating her- expressing your concern about this. That way they will get the information and be aware.
Because of Confidentiality issues they will not talk to you but when they get the FAX they will read it and then it is known and you have done the best that you can. I would do it if it were my Niece.
Particularly in light of the fact that you sister is unstable.
Okay, a fax is a good idea -- thank you so much!
Anorexia is a potentially deadly problem and any information that you have------- I would share with the Treatment team.
I will certainly do that.
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