Gifted kids are quite complex. Some are at risk for lack of school engagement, underachievement, social isolation, depression and anxiety. Learn more in “Guiding gifted children to lead productive and fulfilling lives,” by Dr. Dan Peters on Expert Beacon.
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Dr. Dan Peters is interviewed for “The new worry epidemic: Experts now argue it can have devastating effects on work, health and children” by Anne Kingston in Maclean’s, February 5, 2014. The article details how worrying has become endemic. “The term ‘worrying’ has replaced ‘thinking,’ says California-based clinical psychologist Daniel Peters, the author of two new books”â€From Worrier to Warrior: A Guide to Conquering Your Fears (For Kids and Teens) and Make Your Worrier a Warrior: A Guide to Conquering Your Child’s Fears, directed at parents.
I was either always constantly either worrying about the past, or was in fear of what may come to pass in the future. What I didn’t realize until the last year or so, is that I was toggling between depression and anxiety. I named my worry monster 4 years ago, and this helped me not only disidentify with the worry and fear, but it also got me to the present moment.
“From Worrier to Warrior has inspired me to work through my worries. Other kids tell their stories in the book, and that helped me think that if they can do it, so can I. The book taught me who the Worry Monster is, and that has helped me think of ways to fight him.”
-Lily, 10 year old Warrior
“I used to run away when I got scared. When I learned that it was my amygdala causing the Worry Monster to visit me, it made me feel better. I realized that I was going to be okay and that the Worry Monster was just trying to trick me. Counting to 100 and taking a break help me get rid of my worry so I can think.
“I am a mom who suffers from being a perfectionist and have tried for a long time to fight the Worry Monster myself. Now, with a daughter with the same challenges, I need strategies to help get through the teen years ahead. These books are a permanent fixture in our house, and I want to thank Dan for creating a clear path to happy times ahead.”
My daughter has been worried to be away from me for as long as I can remember. We having been talking about how the Worry Monster makes her body feel bad because he tells her something really bad is going to happen. We have been practicing talking back to the Worry Monster and telling him he doesn’t know what he is talking about.
I slept over at a friend’s house for the first time!
My son’s fear of dogs started small and slowly grew over time. Before we knew it, he was afraid to go to the park, his soccer games, and his friend’s houses who had dogs. Battles and avoidance became a regular part of our family interactions. We needed help. Using the strategies in Make Your Warrior a Warrior, we took on the Worry Monster together.