Virtual Conference
Zdzislaw Michal Zawilski

Zdzislaw Michal Zawilski

Independent Public Healthcare Complex in Lezajsk, Poland

Title: Somatization as a manifestation of emotional disorders in children


Somatization is a phenomenon consisting in signaling ailments coming from the "body" (pain, discomfort, disturbed physiological functions), the cause of which is not explained on the basis of physical examination and additional examinations, and their cause is usually an unconscious emotional factor. The most common somatic manifestations of negative emotions include abdominal pain, headache, palpitations or prickling in the chest, dizziness, shortness of breath, coughing, throat tightness, numbness in the limbs, as well as diarrhea, vomiting or fainting. Although the described type of disorder is especially common in people with other mental problems, such as anxiety, depression or personality disorders, at the present time, it is observed more and more often in children so far showing no psychogenic abnormalities. The upbringing environment from which the developing person draws behavioral patterns has a significant impact on the development of this type of symptoms. Moreover, the entire general social context with all its determinants, both positive and negative, is important. In the case of children, due to the lack of the possibility of regular and constructive self-observation, developed abstract thinking and conscious, consistent verbalization of internal experiences by the patient, the process of diagnosis and treatment of such disorders often requires diagnostic hospitalization, multi-specialist consultations, long-term treatment in an outpatient setting, as well as at least partial treatment. modification of environmental relations, in this educational process. The fundamental issue is the protection of mental health in the form of preventive measures aimed at creating existential conditions positively influencing the psychological development of children, which especially concerns intergenerational relations.


Zdzislaw Michal Zawilski has completed his MD at the age of 25 years from Medical University of Lublin, Poland. He started working in 2012, obtained the title of specialist in pediatrics in 2019 and currently works in the pediatric ward and neonatal ward of the County Hospital in Lezajsk (south east Poland) as well as in general medicine clinics in the area. He is also specialist in child nutrition and CDI 2 (Children’s Depression Inventory 2) certified. The doctor published scientific articles on children's psychosomatic disorders in magazines such as: “Paediatrics and Family Medicine” and “Pediatric Review”. Recently, he has been conducting research on children's depression.