Thursday, November 15, 2007

Orenthal Munchausen?

My entire life I’ve always been obsessed with learning. I loved going to school and getting good grades, even through high school. I did have some difficulties in university but I almost never missed a class and I attempted to take good notes and study all the time. Even though I’m a university graduate, I still find myself doing everything I can to learn a little bit more.

I’ve enrolled in a photography course so that I can learn the history of photography, the basics of all types of cameras and developing methods, and perhaps in the process I’ll also learn how to take a good picture… This remains to be seen.

When I am not studying for my photography class, I am reading anything interesting or entertaining. Currently I’m reading an encyclopedia on women killers, a book about stupid celebrities, and a text book on forensic science. What I’ve learned so far, is that O.J. (as in O.J. Simpson) stands for Orenthal James, who knew? Celebrities are pretty ignorant, but who didn’t know that already? And what I’ve learned from the killer encyclopedia book is that there is a disorder called Munchausen syndrome, that can let you get away with just about anything.

There are different kinds of Munchausen syndrome, so here is where I go into detail. The first “is a psychiatric disorder in which those affected feign disease, illness, or psychological trauma in order to draw attention or sympathy to themselves.” It is a factitious disorder. This means that a patient diagnosed with Munchausen will simulate illnesses just to get attention. They go as far as self-induced vomiting, inflicting pain, or taking random pills to see what symptoms they cause. A lot of the times a person with this disorder are “highly knowledgeable about the practice of medicine” and go to extremes to get medical attention.

This is different from the well known hypochondriac because someone with this disorder actually BELIEVES they are suffering from whatever illness. Munchausen Syndrome patients are aware that they are faking it and exaggerate everything.

Well if you’re not into masochism, there is also something called Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy. This is when the diagnosed person will cause pain and illness (and sometimes death) to another person. This generally happens when the Munchausen person is a caregiver or nurse. They have all the medical knowledge AND they are responsible for somebody’s life. It won’t take long for that life to end. Check out “Meadows’ Law” … I won’t go into details because I don’t want you to get the wrong ideas… But although not everyone agrees with this ‘law’, it’s helped enough murderesses get away with anything…

Here I am believing that in this day and age, and our technology, we can pretty much trace the origins of the common cold. If I sneeze even once, I’ll know who to blame! Unless of course you have Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy, then you were only faking that sneeze and I won’t be able to blame you at all. All the trials and cases I’m referring to in this article all took place in the ‘90s. Maybe we really haven’t advanced as far as I thought. Just look at ‘innocent’ Orenthal. I’d be interested in reading his never-published novel “I didn’t kill my wife, but if I did, this is how I would have done it”


Oh ya, that guy is innocent for sure. Innocent-by-Proxy…




(Quotes taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Munchausen_syndrome and that is the best foot note you are getting from me)

13 comments:

Danny said...
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Danny said...

Hahaha, what the deuce??

My comment was meant to read...

"Proxy like a FOX!".

Yet another great read, sweets - goooooo TEAM!!!

Danny said...

Is this the same as that Baron Munchenhausen disease then?

Jac Star said...

Oh no, you're confused Baron Munchhausen faught with the Russian military against the turks until about 1750... He was known to tell outrageous tales that I can only assume were about vampires.

Vampires are totally different from those that suffer from either of the two disorders mentioned in my article, the first being Munchausen Syndrome, the second being the Orenthal Syndrome otherwise known as "I didn't kill my wife, but if I did this is how I would have done it"

Beata said...

Well said.

Jac Star said...

LOL - thank you! I forgot about this post :)

Flamingo said...

If you are interested in Munchausen by Proxy you should read Sickened by Julie Gregory, it's really interesting. Also I think you have a couple of your disorders mixed up and just mentioning that Muchausen by Proxy can also be found in Mother - Child relationships and is one of the least known and hardest to detect forms of child abuse and if undetected can often lead to death.
So, just a couple things I thought I would mention.

Jac Star said...

Hey Flamingo, i'm surprised you're taking the time to read all these crazy long blogs of mine lol

THANKS!!!

As for my facts, well i wrote this a long time ago, so i'll have to go back and revisit :)

thanks for the tips

Flamingo said...

Well, I having nothing else to do, so why not read all the crazy long blogs and they aren't all that long. My friend wrote a note of facebook that was like a full page and a half of why he hated Harry Potter and why he was stupid.

Jac Star said...

like a note on your wall? wow that's crazy!

and don't get me started on harry potter lol - it's about the same as getting me started on Twilight.

loved the series, loved it, loved it, loved it.

Flamingo said...

It wasn't on my wall, just a random note on his page...I said he has issues to which he came back with a great comment "yea well your school sounds like itcame straight out of a cantonese restaurant, ______ noodles with rice" which is completely true.

Anyway I was a fan of Harry Potter, it was a good series, but I'm not a huge fan of waiting years for the next book to come out, I mean I started reading them when I was 7. But, then I saw how crazy some people went...this one women who was around 25 had the lightening bolt as a temporary tattoo on her forehead for the book release, which I thought was a little over the top.

Jac Star said...

ya that's a bit over the top

i didn't have to wait years as i only started reading them shortly before the 6th was released.

once the 7th was released, i had already pre-ordered it so that it would be delivered right away.

no need to stand in line-ups at the store with all those lunatics

Flamingo said...

well, my grandad sends them from England, which is waste of money(so sweet though) cause I can get them here, but he bought me the first one and every one since. It was kind of a little tradition I guess.