Somatization: Signs and symptoms

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​​Somatization is the expression of distress through physical symptoms and results from the mind-body or brain-body connection. Find out how it affects your child's health.

​Key points

  • Everyone experiences somatization. When somatization causes distress, impairs a person's quality of life and becomes a focus of medical attention, it is diagnosed as somatic symptom disorder or conversion disorder.
  • Children and teens with somatic symptom disorder and/or conversion disorder may have medical conditions and other mental health conditions.
  • Depending on your child's symptoms, they may be assessed by a range of health-care professionals.
Last updated: January 7th 2019