Janice - posted on 07/09/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )
I am mom to 3 kids, and my oldest daughter, age 15, was identified as gifted in Kindergarten. She was always an independent soul and marched to the beat of her own drum, but had a large circle of friends. When puberty hit, however, she was bombarded witha plethora of mental illnesses, with bipolar being the predominant one. She was outplaced to a therapeutic day school 3 years ago and has become somewhat stable in that environment, but her academics have been put on the back burner as my priority is her well-being and personal safety. I am wondering if other parents of highly gifted kids are in a similar situation. It is so frustrating to watch such an intelligent child make poor choices time and again. What upsets me the most, however, is the lack of support I have receieved from state agencies. It seems the kids from the worst homes get the most support, while the children who are from stable homes get overlooked. Any suggestions? I would love to get in touch with other moms of gifted gifts that are also dealing with mental illnesses.