Hi Cranky Corday,
I live in Canada. You can be charged for faking illness because it is health care fraud. But also, where I live if you call 911, you get not only an ambulance but the police everytime and they take down your name and all that. As a part of the faking, one often has to give fake names and that is a crime too. In the US, it is the same ESPECIALLY if you have private insurance. The insurance companies have investigators and if you are in the hospital for the same thing too much or under fake names.....whatever and they catch you, it's fraud. And the penalties in the US are MUCH harsher than in Canada. Now, if doctors caught you faking, would they report you?? I dunno.I was caught many times and just kicked out. Which is sad. No one ever asked, Why are you doing this? But anyway....
About disasters: I have to stress that although there are many ridicoulous similarities in people with Munchausen's, we are still very different when it comes to WHAT will give us the emotional stuff we need. I have fantasies about being rescued from rubble, or smashed cars etc. Have had those all my life. But in my fantasies, I am not hurt, not in pain, just stuck! I have feigned getting my hand caught in drains before etc to be rescued. Some people with Munchausen's this would not apply to. Some would prefer to be the rescuers. Then again, I would love to be a hero too. So, I guess the answer to your question is YES. People with Munchausens would like to be involved in disasters. But this leads into my next point and your other question, I wouldn't want to be stuck in a burning building, bleeding to death etc. I would be scared shitless and panicked and none of the munchausen's things would be there. I have been legitimately sick before, have had some serious legitimate surgeries on my heart, and I dont remember liking one bit of it. I was scared. I think when I am in control of an illness I created, or am faking something, I can sit back, relax and just take in the emotional stuff I am receiving that I so desperately need. I know I am not going to die and I can refuse any procedure's I don't want to have because I know I dont need them.
There was an episode of "HOUSE" - I dont know if you watch that show...where they caught a lady faking her medical illness but House thought she was legitimately ill on top of it all and they said to her something very close to,"Not so fun when you're really sick, now is it."
Now all that being said, if I got diagnosed with MS or some long term illness, once I got over the shock, I know I would do 1 of 2 things: I would either play it up or be a hero - be the one that is so sick yet still trying to run marathon's and do everything myself. I believe there is a dual side to Munchausen's - the victim and the hero role that people try to obtain. But the problem, is we/they (whatever, I keep changing my pronouns) can't sustain anything in the middle. I don't know why. Emotionally, just not strong enough I guess.
And YES...I promise it's a extra strong compulsion that takes over your whole being. It is brought on by instability - emotional I would say and it is a bad behaviour but its not controllable in the way that people think. And yes, there is a narcissistic component to because for a while you forget about other people and how it will effect them. With me, I couldnt even comprehend how it would effect them. I couldn't empathise until lately. I had to be taught. And let me tell you it wasnt fun.I can empathize with everything else in life though. I am not a socio path or anything, it's just you become blind, tunnel vision.
And btw, peeing on yourself is the oldest trick in the book
Glad you saw through it.
As for the regular, nice human being - thanks
Most people think so too. They would never guess how screwed up I truly am. I do care about other people very much. Too bad I have this disease. But I am fighting......
I am happy to help. Let me know if you have more questions