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.

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What are the red flags?

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There are a number of red flags that you and/or your child might notice including:

Headaches

Stomach aches

Joint pains and tiredness

Muscle weakness

Collapses

‘Fit-like’ episodes

Chronic pain

Why this is happening?

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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

Depression

What is my approach?

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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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Monday to Friday 8.30 am – 6 pm

Appointments: 020 3488 6250

Fax: 020 3745 0225
Email: secretary.drsala@londonpsychiatry.clinic

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