Misdiagnosis of Gifted Children as Asperger and Mentally Ill

  When intensity and sensitivity are combined with idealism, as so often happens with bright children and adults, good things can happen because they can keenly see how things might be. But this can also lead to frustration, disillusionment, and unhappiness. Sometimes this prompts perfectionism; other times it results in existential depression. Through our relationships, we must provide understanding and nurturance so that they do not feel alone and helpless in a world that seems so paradoxical, arbitrary, and even absurd. We can help nurture their idealism, and indeed we must if the world is to become a better place.
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  1. Within the education industry being brilliant seems, at times, to be as much of a handicap as being of low intelligence. My personal experience is that teacher can take a smart student, whose thinking is at odds with the current paradigm, and make them feel stupid. In my case, I still feel stupid even though logic tells me that I am not. I am not, and have never been, brilliant. Their situation must have been much more difficult.

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