By now, you've probably already heard about the wildest scenes in The Act of the new series of Hulu thrillers, Hussen's colleagues. The eight-part show, which is now being streamed, reveals the bizarre story of Gypsy Blanchard, who had suffered for years from abuse by her mother, Dee Dee Blanchard.
Based on a BuzzFeed report by journalist Michelle Dean, the show reveals the true story of how Dee Dee had her daughter undergo unnecessary medical procedures and took hard drugs to treat conditions that Gypsy never had , like muscular dystrophy. Eventually, Gypsy discovered Dee Dee's lies and murdered her mother with the help of her boyfriend.
BuzzFeed by Dean and The Act documents the numerous horrors that Gypsy had to endure, allegedly weak eye muscles; Salivary gland removal because it was drooling; Extracting the teeth because their teeth decayed, either due to medication, malnutrition or hygiene problems.
Although it is difficult to fathom this kind of abuse on an innocent child, Dee Dee's behavior can be attributed to a syndrome commonly referred to as Munchausen Proxy. (The medical name was changed to "One factual disorder imposed on another.")
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Basically, people with Munchausen's Syndrome behave as if, according to the Cleveland Clinic, they have certain illnesses. Some patients can make a great deal of effort to make themselves ill, such as the admission of bowel movements. Marra G. Ackerman, psychiatrist of Langone Health, NYU.
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The biggest question related to this disorder is, "Why?" But Ackerman says the reasons for the development of Munchausen's syndrome by deputies are unclear. It is likely that patients have had their own rough upbringing.
"Patients who have experienced traumatic childhoods are likely to pass on their children in various ways," she says.
fear that her child will grow up and leave her. Ackerman says people with the condition often have other mental illnesses such as anxiety or depression.
"Without a comorbid psychiatric illness, you would not really consider it a disorder," she explains.
The behavior has terrible effects on Gypsy's position, but Ackerman says that this does not always happen maliciously. Some parents think that the only way to get medical treatment is to brew sometimes heavy brews in their child's money or attention, she says. In Gypsy's case, Dee Dee received a free trip to Disneyland, services and even her home from various charities.
However, not every case of Münchausen's syndrome by proxies is as extreme as it is in  The Law says Ackerman: "There is a disease spectrum," says Ackerman.
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"This still disturbs the child's life, but it does not reach the level of a serious case in which the parent causes illness or induces the deputy to change his behavior or change the way he or she behaves dress or look. "
This disorder is still a mystery to clinicians, in part because of their rarity. However, it is a challenge to diagnose someone with Munchausen by deputies, as the patients rather confess to the doctor's business.
"They go somehow from place to place and even from hospital to hospital, so there's no clear paper path," says Ackerman.
While Hulu is releasing new episodes of The Act we'll all be wondering how and why Dee Dee Gypsy could torment so long. Of course, these questions can not be answered.
"It's really complicated," says Ackerman.