Articles on the Well-Being of the Gifted

Social/Emotional Needs: The Rage of Gifted Students

by Tracy L. Cross The experiences of gifted students in school are quite varied and reflect a wide variety of factors. For 17 years, I have written about their experiences from two perspectives, that of a researcher and, using their own words, that of the students...

Tips of Helping Gifted, Highly Sensitive Teens & Kids Cope with Trauma

by Sharon M. Barnes, MSSW, LCSW Some children and teens are more sensitive than others.  You know if you have one. She gets mad at you and may even cry when you squish a spider with your shoe or swat a fly with a flyswatter.  He tries to keep up with his friends or...

Exceptionally Gifted Children: Different Minds

There are few descriptions in the literature of the cognitive processes of exceptionally gifted children. This study, based on testing profiles, anecdotes collected from parents, and observations made during family and group therapy sessions with moderately and exceptionally gifted children delineates some of the characteristic modes of thinking that differentiate exceptionally gifted children from their more moderately gifted peers.

Underachievement in Exceptionally Gifted Adolescents and Young Adults: A Psychiatrist’s View

A group of exceptionally gifted adolescents between the ages of 14 and 25 were each treated in individual psychotherapy over the course of a number of years. They were referred for symptoms of anxiety, depression, self-destructive behavior, and underachievement. Each phase of their gifted development was accompanied by particular anxieties and conflicts. In adolescence they developed a powerful personal vision, a sense of destiny, and a charismatic personality. Their inability to resolve conflicts about these particular gifted traits led to their most dramatic forms of underachievement and self-destructive behavior.

Gifted and Learning Disabled: A Neuropsychologist’s Perspective

by Nadia Webb and Antara Dietrich A neuropsychologist is not the first professional a family consults. I still spend time correcting people when they ask if I am a “Nurse/Psychologist.” Neuropsychologists work with neurologically-based behavior concerns such as...

Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnosis of Gifted Children

by James T. Webb, Edward R. Amend, Nadia E. Webb, Jean Goerss, Paul Beljan, F. Richard Olenchak For more information about medical misdiagnosis of the gifted, please visit the SENG Misdiagnosis Initiative page. Many gifted and talented children (and adults) are being...

ADHD and Children Who Are Gifted

by James T. Webb and Diane Latimer Howard's teachers say he just isn't working up to his ability. He doesn't finish his assignments, or just puts down answers without showing his work; his handwriting and spelling are poor. He sits and fidgets in class, talks to...

Existential Depression in Gifted Individuals

Existential Depression in Gifted Individuals by James T. Webb It has been my experience that gifted and talented persons are more likely to experience a type of depression referred to as existential depression. Although an episode of existential depression may be...

Warshaw: The Challenge Of The Highly Gifted Special Needs Child

by Meredith Warshaw Parents of highly gifted children are often concerned that everything comes too easily to their children. These children learn that they can do everything academic without trying. Parents worry that the children will fall apart the first time they...

The Affective Side: Emotional Issues of Twice Exceptional Students

by Jean Strop and David Goldman I remember a day in 2nd grade when the whole class was sitting in a circle taking turns reading a book. I quietly watched as each person took his turn. The number of students between the reader and myself slowly dwindled while my pulse...

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