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What is it called when someone projects their own problems

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what is it called when someone projects their own problems onto another so they may bond by having something in common? I know a mother who is bipolar, has anxiety, and a few other issues. She is trying to get her daughter diagnosed with ADHD. The 13 year old clearly does not have ADHD based on teacher evaluations, but her mother had her doctor put her on Concerta anyway. We believe she is trying to bond with her daughter by having "psych issues" in common.
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Dr. Steve replied 7 years ago.


The general category of disorders that move in the direction you are describing are called "Factitious Disorders." The most prominent example of factitious disorders is a condition called Munchausen Syndrome, or the more media-friendly, Munchausen by Proxy, whereby a person will intentionally either pathologize or actually make another person ill in order to receive the secondary gains (sympathy, empathy, well wishes, bonding, etc).

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