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Sickened
The True Story of a Lost Childhood
Written by Julie Gregory

Sickened
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Category: Biography & Autobiography - Medical
Imprint: Bantam
Format: Trade Paperback
Pub Date: September 2004
Price: $16.00
Can. Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-38197-9 (0-553-38197-0)
Pages: 256
Also available as an eBook.



 
Munchausen By Proxy (MBP), a psychiatric disorder in which a person (almost always the mother) invents or induces symptoms in her child in order to attract the interest and attention of medical professionals, is an oft-misunderstood and seldomly discussed affliction.

In Sickened, Julie Gregory has written a powerful and searing memoir of a childhood filled with bizarre and painful medical procedures in pursuit of phantom diseases—and of a mother who made them all necessary. As a child, Julie was continually X-rayed, medicated, and operated on, in the vain pursuit of an illness that was only in her mother's mind. Julie not only survived these serious procedures, she also escaped the powerful orbit of her mother's madness and rebuilt her identity as a vibrant, healthy young woman.

Sickened will be of invaluable use to students discussing MBP, psychiatric disorders, and the psychology of the family.

"Born of one of the darkest and most intractable forms of child abuse, this searing and beautiful memoir represents a genuine triumph of the human spirit." —Marc Feldman, M.D.

“A painful but wonderfully written memoir that should create greater awareness of a bizarre disorder… Keen self-awareness, a sharp eye for details, and an original, poetic voice.” -Kirkus Reviews



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 
JULIE GREGORY grew up in southern Ohio. She is now an expert writer and spokesperson on Munchausen by proxy and an advocate
in MBP cases. A graduate student in psychiatry at Sheffield University, England, she currently lives in the United States.





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