These refer to physical symptoms that the student shows but there is no biological basis for them and the root cause is in psychological factors. The counselor needs to first look for biological causes of any symptom, only when they are eliminated should the symptoms be considered as psychosomatic.
v Nagging headaches
v Fainting spells.
v Diarrhea/gastric trouble
v Asthmatic attacks
v Feeling tensed and unable to relax
v Writing camps bloomed or
v Absent vision
- The counselor needs to help students to see the mind body connection and understand how the anxiety is manifesting in pain.
- The counselor needs to help the student to develop alternative coping strategies and thus defocus from the pain.
- Do not deny the symptoms with statement like “ you don’t have any physical problem” or “stop using this as an excuse”. Usually the student is genuinely in trouble and is not pretending pain.
- Do not encourage symptoms by repeatedly enquiring about them or suggesting remedies for the pain.
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