Shannon - posted on 08/13/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )
Hi! My son who is 13 and starting 9th grade in 2 weeks, is exhibiting signs of obsessive thinking, insomnia, high anxiety, and (unfortunately) an extreme degree of impatience/intolerance for almost everyone around him who "can't keep up". He is truly gifted in many areas, but especially in logic and reasoning and his ability to synthesize information, and I am afraid that he is literally driving himself crazy thinking all of his "thoughts". He has an acute sense of justice and has been increasingly obsessing over some of life's big questions - evil, cruelty, abuse, political outrage, man's inhumanity to man/animals/etc. - to the point sometimes of showing physical symptoms (sweating, shaking, etc.). He can't "turn it off". I know alot of these 'tendencies' are normal for very gifted children, but I just know this is going down a road I don't like. We need help. Does anyone know of a resource that lists counselors/psychologists/therapists who specialize in gifted children/adolescents? My insurance company has been of no help, and the school has referred me to the school psychologist, but I'm not comfortable with that unless it's my only option.