Munchausen Syndrome

Münchausen syndrome is a psychiatric disorder wherein those affected feign disease, illness, or psychological trauma in order to draw attention or sympathy to themselves. It is also sometimes known as hospital addiction syndrome or hospital hopper syndrome. Nurses sometimes refer to them as frequent flyers, because they return to the hospital just like frequent flyers return to the airport. Münchausen syndrome is related to Münchausen syndrome by proxy, which refers to the abuse of another being, typically a child, in order to seek attention or sympathy for the abuser.