Munchausen by Internet - New York News

Munchausen by Internet

Posted: Updated:
MYFOXNY.COM -

Experts say someone online has faked just about every illness -- on Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites. The experts say that in and of itself is an illness. The reason people do it is because their emotional needs are not being met.

Dr. Jeffrey Gardere, a psychologist and assistant professor at Touro Medical College, said Munchausen by Internet is a psychiatric disorder emerging from within social networks.

In Munchausen by Internet, people go online and pretend, exaggerate and in some cases even induce illness to get an outpouring of sympathy and attention for themselves.

Munchausen is not a new psychiatric illness, but the Internet is giving those who suffer from it a new outlet to get a massive amount of sympathy in a short time.

Experts say they even join support groups online for various illnesses such as cancer and cystic fibrosis. They're not doing it to get money; they're doing it just for the attention.

Dr. Gardere said a lot of people who do this have personality disorder and don't know how to get attention in the normal way.

Chris Dessi, the CEO of Silverback Social, said that for whatever reason when someone engages us online there is a psychological block that we put up and we immediately assume that there is truth there. Experts say that makes it easy for someone online to take advantage of your emotions and good will.

  • HealthMore>>

  • Google study gathers data about human body

    Google study gathers data about human body

    Friday, July 25 2014 6:27 PM EDT2014-07-25 22:27:09 GMT
    When you think of Google, you think of search engine and information. But Google is moving into completely new territory: inside the human body. Google will monitor 175 anonymous participants. Their body fluids have already been collected. Throughout the study, the participants sport wea...
    When you think of Google, you think of search engine and information. But Google is moving into completely new territory: inside the human body. Google will monitor 175 anonymous participants. Their body fluids have already been collected. Throughout the study, the participants sport wea...
  • The 'Hobby Lobby ruling' and what it means for U.S. health care

    The 'Hobby Lobby ruling' and what it means for U.S. health care

    The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on contraception coverage -- as mandated under the Affordable Care Act -- could lead to a legal quagmire that might allow companies to deny insurance coverage for any medical practice that violates their religious principles.
    The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on contraception coverage -- as mandated under the Affordable Care Act -- could lead to a legal quagmire that might allow companies to deny insurance coverage for any medical practice that violates their religious principles.
  • Diet changes can alter gut bacteria

    Diet changes can alter gut bacteria

    Dietary changes can dramatically alter the balance of bacteria in the gut on a daily basis, according to a new study.
    Dietary changes can dramatically alter the balance of bacteria in the gut on a daily basis, according to a new study.
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • SummerStage: you still have time to catch a show

    SummerStage: you still have time to catch a show

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:22 PM EDT2014-07-29 02:22:53 GMT
    You've got a few more weeks to enjoy SummerStage, New York's annual performing arts showcase that's 28 years running. But it's not just music: there is dance, comedy, theater, you name it. There are several shows weekly at 14 different parks throughout the five boroughs. A recent show at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park paid tribute to Pete Seeger. Most of the shows are free and are funded by tickets purchased for the some of the bigger acts.
    You've got a few more weeks to enjoy SummerStage, New York's annual performing arts showcase that's 28 years running. But it's not just music: there is dance, comedy, theater, you name it. There are several shows weekly at 14 different parks throughout the five boroughs. A recent show at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park paid tribute to Pete Seeger. Most of the shows are free and are funded by tickets purchased for the some of the bigger acts.
  • NY teacher tenure system faces new legal challenge

    NY teacher tenure system faces new legal challenge

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:14 PM EDT2014-07-29 02:14:16 GMT
    An educational advocacy group led by former CNN journalist Campbell Brown is challenging New York state's teacher tenure system, filing a lawsuit Monday that alleges that job protections unfairly shield bad teachers. Seven parents of public school children from New York City and Rochester are the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, filed in Supreme Court in Albany.
    An educational advocacy group led by former CNN journalist Campbell Brown is challenging New York state's teacher tenure system, filing a lawsuit Monday that alleges that job protections unfairly shield bad teachers. Seven parents of public school children from New York City and Rochester are the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, filed in Supreme Court in Albany.
  • 2 U.S. marshals, 1 NYPD detective wounded; fugitive killed in Manhattan

    2 U.S. marshals, 1 NYPD detective wounded; fugitive killed in Manhattan

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:10 PM EDT2014-07-29 02:10:52 GMT

    Two deputy U.S. marshals and an NYPD detective were seriously wounded in a shootout with a fugitive sexual assault suspect in the West Village in Manhattan, officials said. The shootout happened in smoke shop called Smoking Culture on West 4th Street near Jones Street.

    Two deputy U.S. marshals and an NYPD detective were seriously wounded in a shootout with a fugitive sexual assault suspect in the West Village in Manhattan, officials said. The shootout happened in smoke shop called Smoking Culture on West 4th Street near Jones Street.


Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices