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Somatization Disorder, and the Role of Unconditional Love

Puberty is a time of intense vulnerability and the added peer and academic pressure is definitely an ordeal for any child but those with physical and developmental disabilities, or suffering from obesity, become more susceptible to developing toxic shame. It is important that parents not repress their children’s feelings of inadequacy or alienation. It takes a toll on them later in life.

Once somatization is diagnosed the child is gradually empowered to recognize the triggers of his symptoms and his ability to overpower them. The techniques employed are given the blanket term” Cognitive Behavioral Therapy”. But affirmative relationships are so crucial for success. Only when a child is loved unconditionally does he develop the power to perceive, think, express, envision and love. That is when they change their beliefs about themselves. Let us give it to them without reservation.


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Dr. Krishna Mahathi holds diplomas in Pediatrics and in the management of allergies and asthma. Years of working and interacting with children and parents have given her insight into developmental disabilities. She wishes that there was more awareness and acceptance of the issues that differently-abled children face and hopes that through this blog, she can enable thse children and their families to make sensible and informed choices.

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