Why would anyone deliberately try to create illness or injury? That’s the startling subject of the extraordinary new book, Secrets Unraveled: Overcoming Munchausen Syndrome, co-written by a psychologist and his remarkable patient. Munchausen Syndrome, or Factitious Disorder, is a rare and intriguing condition where the person repeatedly and secretively tries to create illness or injury in an attempt to get attention and love. Hundreds of hospitalizations can occur in a patient’s life, with medical staff, family, and friends left in the dark about why such a thing is happening. Patients will often travel from hospital to hospital fooling medical professionals. In the direst cases, they die. Dr. Thomas G. Hall is a clinical psychologist who treated such a patient. Raised under terrifying abuse by her father, a Holocaust survivor, the patient begins the pattern of creating illness and injury in herself in order to feel a semblance of control in what is a very dangerous world for her.
Secrets Unraveled: Overcoming Munchausen Syndrome is Dr. Hall’s attempt to lay bare what happens to people with this condition, and offer explanation and insight into such a baffling and complex disorder. Delving exhaustively into the patient’s abusive childhood and her mental disorder, the doctor finds innovative treatment that generates a startling outcome. Inspirational for both the layperson and the clinician and for anyone suffering from this disorder, Secrets Unraveled: Overcoming Munchausen Syndrome presents a skillfully documented case of recovery through psychotherapy. But this book is also unique in that it is co-written in alternating sections by patient and therapist, which gives it an amazing authenticity and an unusual slant. “With the right help, people can overcome devastating mental illness,” says the psychologist. Brave, bold, and inspiring, Secrets Unraveled: Overcoming Munchausen Syndrome offers hope and support, as well as a gripping read.
Introduction The choices I made with Andrea were not typical of my work as a psychologist. My practice has been similar to that of many of my colleagues. I meet with patients once a week or less, usually with little or no contact in between sessions. I offer kindness, validation, and the version of wisdom Read more about Secrets Unraveled: Overcoming Munchausen Syndrome | Intro & Chapter1[…]
Munchausen Syndrome is a psychological disorder in which people fake an illness and then seek medical treatment for it. Those suffering from Munchausen Syndrome may also deliberately injure themselves or cause a diagnosed condition to become worse. Another form of the disorder, Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy, is when a caretaker for a child seeks medical Read more about What is Munchausen Syndrome?[…]
We have written and published a book entitled “Secrets Unraveled: Overcoming Munchausen Syndrome ” in an effort to shed light on this mysterious psychological condition. Our book is unique in the field of psychology as we are not aware of any other book offering specific suggestions for overcoming Munchausen Syndrome. The book is available in Read more about Introduction[…]