Childhood Abuse or Neglect

One theory of what causes this mental disorder is a history of abuse, neglect, or abandonment as a child.2 A person may have unresolved parental issues because of this trauma. These issues may, in turn, cause the individual to fake being sick.

People may do this because they:

  • Need to feel important and be the center of attention
  • Have a need to punish themselves by making themselves sick (because they feel unworthy)
  • Need to pass responsibility for their welfare and care on to other people

Effects of Childhood Trauma

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