What is anxiety
Everyone feels worried and anxious at certain points in their life and this is an important aspect of life. However, worries can become big and impact on children’s lives and it is then that support may be needed.
Symptoms of anxiety
Anxiety in children can take many forms and the symptoms can range from child to child. Anxiety affects three areas;
- Thoughts: Worried thoughts tend to be centred around worst possible outcomes, threats or dangers.
- Body: The experience of anxiety also affects the body and body changes accompany worried thoughts. Children may internalised their worries and experience somatic symptoms such as; stomach aches and headaches. Other body changes include; heart beating faster, butterflies in the tummy, sweating, feeling dizzy, breathing quickly and feeling tense. This is because when we experience a threat (real or imagined) the “flight or fight” response is triggered. This is the body preparing us to flight or flee a danger, which causes all the changes in our body.
- Behaviour: Anxiety and worries also impact the way children behave and again, this can take many forms. Avoidance is one of the most common features of anxiety, for example; avoidance of school, friends or an avoidance or being on their own. When experiencing high levels of anxiety children may cry, shout, scream, pace, freeze or become very clingy.
Services offered for Anxiety
The workshop is delivered by a Clinical Psychologist and an Occupational Therapist. All workshops typically last 2 hours.
- Psychological Assessment
- One to one therapy
- School support and programmes
- Parental training and support
- Workshop training