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Unusual Medical Conditions, Their Names and Effects

However weird phobias, conditions or illnesses may be, somebody somewhere will come up with names to describe them, give them status and find sufferers. The world seems full of people who suffer unusual health problems. Hypochondria has been around a long time. According to Medical News Today, people are hypochondriacs if they have ‘a preoccupying fear of having a serious illness despite medical assurances that they are well. Munchausen Syndrome (named after an 18th century German officer who exaggerated his life’s experiences) is a ‘factitious disorder’, or form of mental illness, in which people repeatedly act as if they suffer physical or mental disorders when, in fact, they have caused the symptoms to themselves. They undergo painful tests to get the attention/sympathy associated with serious illness. Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome (MBPS) is a … Read entire article »

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