Tricia Powell reflects on “Taming the Worry Monster: Anxiety in Gifted and 2e Youth”
I attended ‘Taming the Worry Monster: Anxiety in Gifted and 2e Youth’ on April 13, 2011. I am a special education teacher, and am interested in the specific needs of 2e students. The information I found most helpful as an educator was the section discussing both physical and behavioral symptoms of fear, anxiety, and adrenaline. The specific types of anxiety discussed were Panic Attacks, Agoraphobia, OCD, Phobias, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, Separation Anxiety Disorder, Perfectionism, and Eating Disorders. Breaking down the various types and symptoms of anxiety was very interesting because it was easy to see the potential impact on a student in the classroom. I think this information would be quite helpful to share with faculty, as these symptoms are often mistakenly attributed to negative behaviors such as inattention and defiance. I give permission to post my answers on CGA’s website, blog, facebook or newsletter.