Danielle Lloyd has opened up about the extent of her son Archie’s struggle with separation anxiety, revealing he’s been going to counselling.
Danielle, who’s currently pregnant with her fourth child, opened up about her son’s condition in her latest OK! column.
Writing in her weekly article, the mum explained how her eldest son Archie gets scared when one of the adults leave, but he’s slowly getting better with counselling.
‘I told you all last week that my eldest son Archie was having counselling because he’s struggling at the moment, he’s very clingy to me and my fiancé Michael and is really scared of one of us leaving,’ she wrote.
The mum, who announced she was expecting her fourth child with a Beyoncé-style photoshoot on OK! magazine, goes on to explain Archie actually really likes going to counselling and she can see the improvements already.
Danielle found out live on Loose Women that she was expecting another boy
‘Archie went again on Tuesday and he loved it. I think it’s just so good for him to go and express his feelings to someone else.
‘It’s just really nice, he’s been really different, it’s been a lot better for me with him this week, so he’s getting there. I’m glad he’s so open to going as well because some kids would probably say no or get a bit nervous, but Archie is actually really up for it and really enjoys going.’
Danielle, who’s due to give birth to another baby boy this month, also stressed that she finds it important to talk about Archie’s condition and the fact that he’s going to counselling, in a bid to end stigma surrounding the condition.
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‘I had a really good response after opening up about it, it’s not something that most people would talk about. I think it’s important for someone in the public eye to make it normal, and point out that it’s not something you should be ashamed of, or think it’s not ok for a child to go because it is. I think you should start early if your child has problems’, Danielle advised.
According to the NHS, separation anxiety is common in young children between the ages of six months and three years, but they usually grow out of it. They also advise seeking help if separation anxiety is causing them a lot of distress.