Medically unexplained
physical symptoms

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:


Stomach aches

Joint pains and tiredness

Muscle weakness


‘Fit-like’ episodes

Chronic pain

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

Family therapy

Promote a healthy lifestyle through exercise, diet and micronutrients

Sleep therapy

State-of-the-art medication when appropriate


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