Functional Somatic Symptoms and Syndromes in Children and young people – a Psychiatric Perspective

Volume 3 Issue 2
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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.

Key words: Children, functional symptoms, psychiatric disorders, biopsychosocial formulations, management