Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Münchausen syndrome is a factitious disorder. People affected by the disease, intentionally simulate and worsen their illnesses or even self-inflict injuries in order to draw attention or receive medical treatment in hospitals. The term “Münchausen syndrome by proxy” refers to a similar behavioral pattern in which caregivers feign or exaggerate symptoms in individuals who are in their care. Learn more about the psychiatric disorders in this book.