Many young people do have persistent physical complaints, but doctors can't find a cause within the body. These are real and can affect their ability to function. Not understanding the cause can make them even more distressing and difficult to cope with.
What are the red flags?
There are a number of red flags that you and/or your child might notice including:
Joint pains and tiredness
Why this is happening?
Hence, the way that we think and feel can make us physically ill.
Some common causes are:
Feeling stressed, for instance about moving schools or not managing schoolwork, family or friendship difficulties
Low self-esteem or being sensitive to others
Tend to be perfectionistic
Anxiety or worry continuously
What is my approach?
As a first step, I will carry a thorough evaluation with you and/or your child. Screening questionnaires, physical examination or liaison with other professionals and school will be provided if you wish.
Once the condition(s) is identified, I will develop a personalized treatment plan jointly with you and/or your child based on personal needs. The treatment will include an integrated approach to achieve an optimal balance between mind and body.
This can include:
Information and support to better understand and cope (psychoeducation)
Personal development and self-improvement
Person-centred talking therapy such as interpersonal therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, play therapy, social skills therapy
Tailored learning techniques and/or behaviour learning plan with school when appropriate
Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy
Mind-body centre exercise to increase the relaxation response
Empower parents through positive parenting techniques
Promote a healthy lifestyle through exercise, diet and micronutrients
State-of-the-art medication when appropriate