Connecting Mind and Body: What parents need to know about somatization
The mind-body connection is powerful. Somatization is the process of experiencing emotions as physical symptoms. Everyone experiences somatization, but, for some, it gets in the way of everyday life and requires treatment. Join Lena, a parent of a child who has been affected by somatization and Dr. Andrea Chapman (Psychiatrist, BC Children’s Hospital) as they offer families tips and resources for navigating this journey and working towards recovery.
NOTE: This episode was recorded in studio before COVID-19.
*We would also like to acknowledge the support and guidance from Dr. Amrit Dhariwal, Child Psychologist at BC Children's Hospital, during the development of this podcast episode.
Lena is a partnered, working mom, teacher, and communicator with a background in science, education and communication. She has worked with students of all ages, and has volunteered in her children’s schools in North Vancouver and their schools in their South American homes when they were younger. She always wanted to be a mother first, and keeps that in mind while she works, realizing that both are necessary to feel that she’s doing okay in life.
Dr. Andrea Chapman
Andrea Chapman is a psychiatrist at BC Children’s Hospital. She is the Medical Director of Consultation-Liaison Service at BCCH. Andrea’s area of clinical and research interest is in pediatric somatization and the mind-body connection. She has co-authored family and professional resources on somatization and conducted research.
- For more information on Somatization: keltymentalhealth.ca/somatization
- The Mind Body Connection and Somatization: A Family Handbook
- Somatization Handbook For Healthcare Professionals (note: this resource is currently being updated, and will be added soon)