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J Psychiatr Pract. 2012 Jul;18(4):296-303. doi: 10.1097/01.pra.0000416021.68462.f3.

Stockholm syndrome manifestation of Munchausen: an eye-catching misnomer.

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  • 1Parnassia Bavo Groep, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.


A young woman hospitalized herself for a picture resembling Stockholm syndrome (becoming a willing captive in a cult, sympathetic to the leader). After a short period of time, it became clear that she had used a false identity and had invented the story, leading to diagnoses of both Munchausen syndrome and dissociative identity disorder. Despite a long period of treatment, she eventually suicided. The authors examine the coexistence of these two unusual disorders and their possible shared etiologies in this complex case.

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