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Hoagies' Blog Hop: Thoughts from the Mental Trenches
from the Mental Trenches
. Thoughts from the Depths. What makes
you a healthy gifted person? What helps when you're not feeling
mentally healthy? How about for your kids? Do they struggle with
anxiety, depression, high-functioning autism, or other mental
difference? What techniques help them maintain an even keel?
helps you know that you're just as gifted, just as whole, when your
mind is giving you grief?
Don't miss our previous Blog Hops on related topics, including
Overexcitabilities (OEs), and
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Blog Hops for all our past and future topics. Special thanks to Pamela S. Ryan for our striking Blog Hop graphics!
My Intuition's 5 Signs of Impending Doom by Jen,
- Like most people, the first half of my 20ís were filled with so many bad
decisions that I lost count. At over 40, Iíve realized there are 5 signs of
impending doom my intuition gives me to prevent potentially horrible
1. I feel pressured/ anxious about an impending timeline or arbitrary
Allowing me unhurried time to process and weigh information often evolves
into a better plan or long term strategy. My four boys have already learned
not to pressure me into a last minute decision. Mom will either
automatically say no, or regret the yes, and be bitter about it. Neither
option is ideal...
The interface of anxiety, overthinking and shame among gifted by
Gail Post in
- Gifted kids cannot just sit back, relax, and be themselves. They cannot
expect to find friends wherever they go, or assume that school will be
challenging, or trust that their teachers or coaches will understand and
respect their differences. Their minds are working overtime as they size up
each situation, decide how to act, and debate whether to display or hide
their true nature.
Even though gifted people are no more susceptible to mental illness than
anyone else, some gifted children and teens struggle with a tendency toward
overthinking, worry, or cautious alertness. This tendency may develop
despite the presence of a loving, supportive family, the absence of past
trauma, a family history devoid of anxiety or depression, and a nervous
system that is not necessarily "wired" to be hyper-responsive and reactive.
It just goes with the giftedness territory...
with the Difficulties of Giftedness - One Day at a Time by Betsy, at
- We learned that our daughter was 2e when she was very young. Along the
way we found ways to deal with some of the typical issues associated with
giftedness. Along with sensory processing disorder and ADHD, our daughter
struggled with anxiety. That was the biggest hurdle that she faced. Here's
our story of what worked and helped her along the way...
Parenting Taught Me About Mental Health by Valerie Bock, at
- Perhaps it was the relative anonymity of conversation on the Internet
(most of us lived geographically remote from one another and were unlikely
to ever meet) which led some people to report depression and anxiety in
their kids Ė sometimes aggravated by hostile school situations, sometimes
with no obvious cause. I felt fortunate that generally, my kids were doing
ok, and surprised that mental health issues could strike so young.
Depression (anxiety?) returned to me in my mid thirties Ė in my case,
expressed as extreme irritation with just about everything my husband and
kids were doing. I could not be the mom I wanted to be, because every single
thing was the straw that broke the camelís back...
Son Wanted to Blow up His School. Hereís What She Did by
Teresa Currivan, LMFT, in
Help My Children Thrive
- Samantha* was surprised. Her son was typically a very caring and
empathetic child. So when he told her that he wanted to blow up his school,
she wasnít sure how to react. She asked what would happen to everyone in the
school if it were to be blown up. He explained that the school would be
empty and that only the building would be destroyed. Still, she was troubled...
Open, Intentions Set by Gordon Smith, in
Gifted and Growing
- Howís your mental health? Well thatís a tricky question. The term itself
is one that begs for a road map, and we all have to become consciousness
cartographers if we expect to arrive.
Increasing self-awareness is foundational in assessing and improving mental
health. Seeing oneself more clearly is a necessary part of making change
that is effective and lasting. When youíre gifted, there are some
characteristics we know youíre more likely to carry...
|To read all our past Blog Hops or join our next Blog Hop, visit
Blog Hops for our past and future topics.
Special thanks to Pamela S. Ryan for our striking Blog Hop graphics!
September 03, 2019