Secrets Unraveled: Overcoming Munchausen Syndrome [NOOK Book]

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Why would a person deliberately and repeatedly make herself sick or injured enough to require long stays in a hospital? That’s the focus of Secrets Unraveled: Overcoming Munchausen Syndrome, which unveils an extraordinary case of this perplexing psychiatric illness. These patients are so knowledgeable about medicine that they are able to create symptoms that lead to numerous ER visits and hospitalizations. Taking on the “sick” role fills a ...
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Secrets Unraveled: Overcoming Munchausen Syndrome

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Overview

Why would a person deliberately and repeatedly make herself sick or injured enough to require long stays in a hospital? That’s the focus of Secrets Unraveled: Overcoming Munchausen Syndrome, which unveils an extraordinary case of this perplexing psychiatric illness. These patients are so knowledgeable about medicine that they are able to create symptoms that lead to numerous ER visits and hospitalizations. Taking on the “sick” role fills a deep, psychological yearning for attention. But how does someone come to have such a disorder?

The patient in this book was brutally abused as a child by her father, who was a Holocaust survivor. She quickly learned that the only way she could get attention, love, and support was from hurting herself. Carrying this lesson into adulthood, she caused and endured hundreds of hospitalizations, with family and friends unaware of why she was chronically ill. By co-writing Secrets Unraveled: Overcoming Munchausen Syndrome in alternating sections this patient and her psychologist have created an intimate, detailed account of the condition, and her remarkable recovery through the psychotherapy relationship. Working outside the box, Dr. Thomas Hall offers much more access than is usually done, allowing emails and phone calls as well as face-to-face consultations over many years. Determined and patient, he is finally able to break through her secrecy and help her on the road to recovery.
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ForeWord Clarion Review - Jill Allen
Told from the alternating points of view of Avigal and Hall, Secrets Unraveled: Overcoming Munchausen Syndrome offers a fascinating look at the effects of mental illness and the therapeutic process …The entire book is a moving and inspirational testament to the power of the healing relationship when clients find optimal therapists … The lucid, poignant prose of Avigal and Hall sheds light on FD, the complexity of relationships, and the resilience of the human spirit.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016547602
  • Publisher: Create Space
  • Publication date: 6/15/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 161
  • Sales rank: 289,208
  • File size: 128 KB

Meet the Author

Dr. Hall received his Bachelor of Arts in English from Tufts University in 1981 and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Fordham University in 1992. After working as a psychotherapist in many different settings, he started a private practice in 1999.

Dr. Hall’s former patient and co-author, Andrea Avigal has been in full recovery since 2006. She returned to school and received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Marist College in 2010 and her MSW from Adelphi University in 2012.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2012

    A fascinating read - I couldn't put this book down. Secrets Unra

    A fascinating read - I couldn't put this book down. Secrets Unraveled
    reveals Andrea Avigal's shocking account of childhood trauma and its
    lasting effects into adulthood. Andrea works closely for years with her
    therapist Dr. Hall to come to terms with her past, and after several
    breakthroughs she gains the coping skills necessary to live a successful
    and happy life. A truly inspirational story about the challenges and
    attainment of mental health recovery.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2012

    if you want to learn about the medical mystery surrounding Munch

    if you want to learn about the medical mystery surrounding Munchausen syndrome or are simply interested in a genuine inspirational story then this is the one. I could not put it down and was fascinated by the relationship between Dr. Hall and his patient. It truly depicts the resiliency of the mind and how anyone can overcome obstacles and challenges that we all face in our lives. A must read!!

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