Childhood Anxiety

What is anxiety?

The first point to make is that anxiety is a normal part of our human make-up and in certain instances it is quite useful.

It is the body’s biological defense system. It kicks in to warn us of potential danger and triggers an automatic response to deal with the situation. It automatically prepares our body to take quick action (fight or flight).

Anxiety only becomes a problem when it occurs too strongly, for too long, too often or in the wrong situations. For example, when there is no real expectation, stressful or life threatening situation.

Childhood anxiety occurs in about one-in-four children at sometime between the ages of 13 and 18.

Anxiety can produce some very ugly sensations around our mind and body, which can enhance the fear factor. Although these are very real sensations, they are actually controlled by our mind.

Anxiety symptoms include:

  • Repetitive or compulsive behaviours
  • Wanting to remain isolated
  • Physical symptoms such as belly ache, tingly hands and light headedness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Restlessness
  • Irritability
  • Wanting to remain isolated
  • Increased fear of situations or doing things
  • Becoming increasingly needy or clingy
  • Avoiding public places
  • Fatigue
  • Sleep Disruption
  • A reduction or in reaction – switching off or refusing to speak

Children cannot just ‘grow out of’ anxious behaviours, and CBT has proven one of the most effective treatments for anxiety disorders.

Left untreated, anxiety in children can cause problems in school, at home and with peers as well as continue into adulthood.

Get help in person:

Family Graffiti CBFT (Cognitive Behavioural Family Therapy)

Family Graffiti believe that bringing the family together as a unit is the best way to manage and combat childhood anxiety.

Bespoke 1-2-1 sessions to help you and your child to understand and manage their anxious thoughts and behaviours. We provide you with an action plan and all the knowledge, guidance and on-going support you need to reduce and soothe your child’s anxious behaviours.

No referrals needed

Rapid availability – help when you need it

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Group therapy workshops:

Join us for a group therapy workshop near you, we will de-babble to the psychology behind anxiety and empower you with the know-how and tools you need to support your child with anxiety.

Plus, meet others who experiencing the similar situations to you…

Family Graffiti awareness and education events:

We want to raise awareness of childhood mental health, including childhood anxiety. We are travelling around groups and schools in Lincolnshire and hosting awareness and education events to help parents and children alike to learn all about mental health disorders and be able to recognise the symptoms.

If you’d like Family Graffiti to come into your school and talk with parents, carers, teachers and provide awareness and education packs the please contact us today.

Get help online:

Begin your journey online. As a member of our online community you’ll have access to everything you need to transform your parenting therapeutically including:

An Anxiety eWorkshop:

What is anxiety? What triggers anxiety? How to soothe your child’s anxiety? This eWorkshop gives you all the parenting tools you need to cope with, manage and soothe your child’s anxious behaviours.

1-2-1 online CBFT:

For modern parents, with modern lifestyles. You’ll have exclusive access to a member of the team to build and instil an action plan to combat your child’s anxious behaviours. Private exclusive, on-demand help and support.

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Membership benefits:

Once you are part of the Family Graffiti family, you’ll have access to everything you need to understand, manage and allievate your child’s behaviours. Not just anxious behaviours but across the full spectrum – learn how to bring CBT techniques into your everyday parenting to improve communication, behaviour and discipline and boundaries to help your child build resilience, flourish and thrive in the modern world.

24/7 Online access to all eWorkshops

24/7 Online access to your own library of over 100 step-by-step parenting guides

24/7 Online access to your own library of play-2-learn ideas

24/7 Online access to children’s books that aid in emotional development and learning

Can’t find something that helps with your parenting problem? Contact the team and we’ll write something personalised to you

Plus, half price tickets to all of our Travelling Workshop Studios

AND 25% off Holiday bookings!

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Anxiety fact file:

Children can have any anxiety disorder an adult can have

Childhood anxiety symptoms commonly appear around the age of six

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is thought to present in 2-3% of children under the age of 18