Functional Symptoms

A Holistic Approach

Understanding the Bigger Picture

Functional symptoms (which can also be referred to as ‘conversion symptoms’ or ‘medically unexplained symptoms’) refer to physical symptoms (such as pain, paralysis, seizures or movements) that are not caused by a serious underlying disease but are causing significant concern and difficulty in a child’s day to day life.

We know that young people who develop functional symptoms regularly have difficulty with many normal day to day activities, including:

  • Getting to school
  • Spending time with friends and family
  • Doing sports and activities
  • Managing self-care
  • Eating

We also know that changes in normal life or not being able to do the things we enjoy and the feelings that come with this can make the physical symptoms worse.

The primary goal of the team is to help the whole family understand more about what is happening to your child and how to better manage their symptoms.

There are specific and effective treatments for functional symptoms, and these will be discussed with you to see if they meet your child’s needs.