Functional somatic symptoms and syndromes in children and young people – a psychiatric perspective

Author:M Elena Garralda
Volume Info:Volume 3 Issue 2
Article Information

Volume 3 Issue 2 , pages 64-67
Received – 22 August 2017, Accepted – 12 October 2017


Imperial College London


Corresponding Author: M Elena Garralda –


Functional symptoms are common reasons for paediatric consultations. When severe, continuing and impairing they may be expected to be linked to a psychiatric disorder. The paper outlines the nosology and the bio-psychosocial framework that helps understand the origins and maintenance of these disorders; it addresses management strategies.



Children, functional symptoms, psychiatric disorders, biopsychosocial formulations, management



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