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Hoagies' Blog Hop: Anxiety
It's real. It can be debilitating. How can we deal with it?
How can we help our kids deal?
Research tells us that gifted kids and adults are no more likely to
struggle with these difficulties than other kids and adults. Some
suggest that giftedness protects from Anxiety, while others suggest
that it can create excess anxiety. What are the symptoms and
side-effects of gifted anxiety in your life?
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the Worry Gets Overwhelming by
- I randomly get pinged by an awareness of how outside the norm Mad Natter
is. It starts a spiral, leading me to wonder at the end whether or not I'm
actually capable of raising and educating this child. I've managed to
circumvent this cycle more often than not. I'm able to get in the logical
thought that I should talk to a friend about this...
Gifted, Perfectionism, and Anxiety All in One by
Adventures of Hahn
- I know we are not alone with having a child with this kind of asynchrony.
However, what many people who do not have a child like this do not
understand is this asynchrony leads to lots of frustration for him...
by Jo on Sprite's Site
- I know that it was not my intention to offend or fail to mention something
important or to give a wrong impression. But other people could not be
expected to know that and would assume that I had done it purposely...
gifted individuals really perfectionists? by
Gail Post in
- But are gifted people really perfectionists?
Are they really more likely to be perfectionistic than anyone else?
And are we confusing perfectionism with a healthy drive to excel?
I raise these questions because I have not seen an overabundance of
perfectionism in my psychotherapy practice with gifted adolescents and
Anxiety About Her Education by The
- My bouts of anxiety tend to start out as worrying about just one thing and
then like kudzu, the worry spreads to nearly every aspect of my life. I've
described it as having at least two soundtracks playing in my head nearly
all the time...
Own Worry Basket by Catie, My
- “You wouldn’t want to do that to him.”
Do you know what I wouldn’t want to do to him, folks? I wouldn’t want to
place him in a classroom Monday-Friday for an entire year where the teacher
would be going over material that he had mastered in preschool. Yes, he
already had a difficult time sitting still and focusing, but how on Earth
would putting him in that classroom situation help with those issues?
Anxiety in Gifted Children: 3 Simple Steps Parents and Educators Can Take by
Crushing Tall Poppies
- 1. AVOID SAYING, DON’T WORRY ABOUT IT—Understanding that gifted children
will be anxious about events and issues you may find groundless,
unreasonable or even ridiculous is key here. For you, the gifted child’s
fear is unwarranted, but for her, it is very real and concerning...
and Giftedness. What is the reality? by
Up Parenting Creek
- The Transient Existential Crisis
Perhaps you can relate. It's late at night. The kids are in bed and you are
just about to fall asleep. The footsteps on the staircase signal that a kid
is awake and the knock on the door confirms that he needs your help. Patrick
ponders heavy questions when he's alone in his bedroom. Sometimes the
questions are too heavy to process on his own and we get that late night
knock on the door...
The More You Know, The More You Worry by Paula Prober,
Your Rainforest Mind
- Your very active rainforest mind is able to dream up so many things to
worry about. Less complex minds may worry less because there isn't as much
thinking. With you, there's lots of thinking. And if you're highly creative?
Watch out. Even more worries...
Driving Forward by
- For me though, in the end, a little anxiety can be a good thing. According
to Kazimierz Dabrowski, "The theory of positive disintegration has it that
most states of anxiety, depression, and other symptoms of psychoneurosis are
necessary conditions for positive development of the individual"...
Anxiety from Adult Shenanigans by
Wenda Sheard, J.D. Ph.D. Thoughts
on Life and Learning
- Instead, I’m going to talk about even worse childhood fears–those fears
scary enough to do damage to children, and scary enough to warrant
conference presentations, research dollars, and blog hop articles. Although
some anxiety disorders are caused by children, the sad truth is that most
anxiety disorders result from adult shenanigans, including family
breakdowns, violence, and questionable education policies and practices...
Braver than you believe
- It’s coming. It’s coming again. And then you feel the familiar terror
that turns your mouth to dry cotton, makes your stomach do somersaults, and
heightens every sense. Your hands go clammy. Your scalp gets prickly. You
can just feel eyes on you!
No, this isn’t the most recent horror movie trailer. It’s a nightly
experience for your gifted child. No wonder she can’t sleep!...
12 Anxiety Issues Parents Of Gifted Children Face by
- Being a first-time parent is not easy, let alone being a first-time of
parent of a young gifted child. While my husband thinks I am too zen-like
about many things (i.e. don’t appear concerned enough), I am probably more
like a duck paddling furiously in the water, unseen by the others. I worry
about a lot of things...
- We are all different but we understand our own needs and our collective
family needs to set us up for success. Understanding one's triggers is
similar to understanding one's overexcitabilities. My kids need to move. A
lot. Being confined to an expectation of sitting still would never work for
them and luckily, it is never a requirement. There are few "have tos" and a
whole lot of freed...
Panic Disorder: Anxiety at its Worst by Linda Wallin,
Living with Geniuses
- If you had told me that depression could become so severe that a person
would stop sleeping, I would have laughed. If you would have told me that
anxiety could fill the body of the sufferer with fear and dread, I probably
would have thought you ignorant. After all, we all have anxiety at times and
get depressed now and then. Most of my life, I thought little about anxiety...
Anxiety: From Gordon Neufeld to Kazimierz Dabrowski and beyond by
- Seeing anxiety as natural and helpful can often go a long way in helping
anxious children understand that there is nothing wrong with them for
feeling this way. But when the anxiety becomes so strong that it interferes
with quality of life, having support in overcoming them is necessary. From
learning breathing exercises to setting up a step by step program, there are
many tools available to work through anxiety...
Two Anti-Anxiety Tips for Kids by
Planet Smarty Pants
- We cannot do much about uncertainty, but powerlessness is a big
contributor to anxiety. This is why we challenge our daughter to come up
with practical steps to soothe her anxiety. Sometimes it can be as simple as
cuddling with her favorite blanket or reading a book, sometimes we
brainstorm ways to make the situation better. We also point to her all the
ways in which we try to reduce risks in our lives...
Contagious Anxiety by
Diane Hale, in Schooling the Gifted
- Today I spoke with the mother of a child in our gifted program who
helped me remember that we need to keep our anxious feelings in check for
our kids. Her son scores high and does well in all subjects. I’ve known the
family for years, and there is no question that this student is a very
bright child. But today, his mother told me that through some additional
testing the family discovered...
Helping Your Child Cope With Anxiety by
Coleen, in Raising Lifelong
- Gifted children often put extremely high expectations on themselves.
They want to do things perfectly, and exactly as they’re pictured in their
minds. These expectations can cause stress and anxiety, oftentimes shutting
kids down, paralyzing them from trying at all...
July 01, 2016