People with Munchausen syndrome have such deep emotional needs that they're willing to risk their lives to be seen as sick. They frequently have other mental disorders, as well. As a result, they face many possible complications, including:

  • Injury or death from self-inflicted medical conditions
  • Severe health problems from surgery or other procedures
  • Loss of organs or limbs from unnecessary surgery
  • Alcohol or substance abuse
  • Financial problems
  • Significant problems in daily life, relationships and work
May. 13, 2011