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7 Serious Facts About Factitious Disorder Imposed On Another (FDIA)

Date August 31, 2018 18:29

Factitious Disorder Imposed on Another (FDIA) is a medical condition where one person intentionally makes another person sick and then seeks medical attention or provides care for the same person. FDIA is a variation of the medical condition called Munchausen's Syndrome.

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People who suffer Munchausen's Syndrome may display the signs and symptoms of medical conditions, but they are either the result of self-infliction (sufferers ingesting things to make themselves sick) or just exaggerating symptoms of less serious conditions.

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In the case of FDIA, suffers feel a strong need to see others being taken care of; however, they extreme the form these care measures may take. FDIA is considered a mental disorder, and people who suffer from it only seek emotional satisfaction.

7 Serious Facts About Factitious Disorder Imposed On Another (FDIA)

1. FDIA is a variation of Munchausen's Syndrome.

In this case, the sufferer is not the person with the condition but a third party.

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2. Symptoms vary from individual to individual, and diagnosis can be problematic.

Some patients may not show any visible symptoms but go to great lengths, describing medical conditions their proxies suffer from.

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3. Childhood or emotional trauma is a major trigger for FDIA.

People with a history of faking illness are more likely to suffer this condition.

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4. FDIA can be dangerous, especially in cases where the sufferers go to extreme measures to inflict harm on their proxies.

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5. Hypochondriasis may seem similar to FDIA but is very different.

While people with hypochondriasis may worry about real sickness, people with FDIA worry about imaginary sickness.

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6. There is no telling how many people actually suffer from FDIA, despite the prevalent symptoms.

Mayo Clinic suggests FDIA is more common among women and affects about 2 in 100,000 children.

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7. Treatment usually involves therapy and in most cases, family therapy could provide valuable insight into the sufferer’s condition.

People who suffer from FDIA often exaggerate symptoms for attention. Food poisoning is a popular tactic employed by many FDIA sufferers. Also, constant trips to the hospital is a warning flag for the disorder, even after doctors sign off patients with a clean bill of health.

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FDIA is actually a form of abuse and for the most part, treatment may include separating the abuser from the abused individual. In many cases, the damage is easily reversible and affected individuals can live normal and healthy lives.


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