Special Issue "Assessment and Treatment of Children and Adolescents with Functional Somatic Disorders"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 5 March 2024 | Viewed by 2506
Interests: functional somatic disorders; health anxiety; pediatric liaison psychiatry; child psychiatric epidemiology; concurrent somatic and psychiatric health problems in children/adolescents; internetbased psychological treatment; illness perceptions; illness behaviours; developmental trajectories of psychopathology
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Functional somatic disorders are commonly encountered in paediatric medicine. These disorders are characterised by the presentation of somatic symptoms or illness worries that are disproportionate to the history, physical examinations, laboratory tests, and other investigative findings. The diagnostic process is often delayed with a risk of excessive and potentially harmful medical investigations. In addition, there is high psychiatric comorbidity, especially with anxiety and depression.
Without proper treatment, functional somatic disorders place significant psychosocial, educational, and financial strains on children and their families, as well as a substantial burden on the healthcare system with high healthcare costs. In particular, psychological therapies have proven to be effective, but the effects are mostly small to moderate. Thus, there is an urgent need for the improvement of models for systematic assessment, diagnostic tools, and the development of specialised treatment across the spectrum of severity. This Special Issue offers a unique opportunity to contribute to a state-of-the-art series on functional somatic disorders in children and adolescents with special emphasis on studies presenting original research on assessment issues and/or new treatment programmes in this area.
Prof. Dr. Charlotte Ulrikka Rask
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- functional somatic disorders
- functional neurological disorder
- somatic and symptom related disorders
- bodily distress disorder
- functional somatic syndromes