MIGHT AS WELL continue right on to address the other part of the depression/anxiety axis. The editor of Atlantic magazine has written a book about his anxieties and phobias; it's called My Age of Anxiety, and is described as "both a memoir and a history of how medicine, philosophy, and the pharmaceutical industry have dealt with anxiety." He was interviewed on NPR's Fresh Air program about the book, and what seems interesting is the insight he gives into how anxiety can manifest iteslf. So if you have a bright but anxious person in the house, perhaps check out the interview. (One of the author's anxieties is evidently fear of cheese.)
WORK TWICE AS HARD to get half as far -- that's how a young man with dyslexia described his efforts in school. He says that his disability made him feel damaged and isolated. But his perseverance and strengths allowed him to achieve both academically and extra-curricularly in high school. He was honored by Learning Ally (formerly known as Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic) with its National Achievement Award. Find out more.
SENG IN CANADA. An article in The Now newspaper describes the formation of a SENG parent support group in British Columbia. The article notes how gifted children may also have learning disabilities -- so score 1 for the organizers of that SENG group for spreading the word on twice exceptionality. Read more. (And, if you're in Cloverdale, BC, check out the group.)
JUDY WILLIS, a physician turned educator, is a prolific communicator on the topics on learning and brain research. For example, she has a series of 25 videos at the website KidsInTheHouse.com on topics ranging from the effect of emotions on how kids learn to preparing kids' brains for the 21st century; find those. She also posts lots of information on her website, RADteach.com. (The letters represent parts of the neural system particularly active in learning and memory:
- Reach -- Reticular activating system
- Attitude -- Amygdala
- Develop -- Dopamine.)