Idealism and Depression in the Gifted


Presenter: Lori Comallie-Caplan
Core Area: Nature and Needs
Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 1

Nearly all gifted students will experience at least one period of depression. This can arise from their tendency toward perfectionism, creativity, idealism, and passion. These same qualities can be harnessed as strengths to direct a gifted student toward personal growth and success.

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In “Idealism and Depression,” Lori Comallie-Caplan discusses the serious issue of depression in gifted students. Many children experience depression, but what are the unique struggles observed in gifted adolescents? Asynchronous development, social isolation, and existential depression are just a few of the risk factors. Although gifted students are vulnerable to depression, due to their high expectations and idealism, you will find that their strengths can be tapped to help them move toward hope and optimism. 

In this 1-hour course, you will be equipped to:
  • Understand the unique reasons that gifted students struggle with depression
  • Discover how existential depression affects gifted adolescents and its relation to Dabrowski’s Developmental Levels
  • Identify the warning signs of depression in gifted students
  • Learn four strategies for dealing with depression

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383 reviews for Idealism and Depression in the Gifted

  1. Alejandra – CARROLLTON-FARMERS BRANCH ISD (verified owner)

    Everything was great!

  2. Miriam – GRAND PRAIRIE ISD (verified owner)


  3. Giesel – PHARR-SAN JUAN-ALAMO ISD (verified owner)


  4. Belinda – PHARR-SAN JUAN-ALAMO ISD (verified owner)

    It was great

  5. sandra – PHARR-SAN JUAN-ALAMO ISD (verified owner)


  6. Celine – CARROLLTON-FARMERS BRANCH ISD (verified owner)

    Really educational when it comes to dealing with depression.

  7. Jasmine – CARROLLTON-FARMERS BRANCH ISD (verified owner)

    This course has a great insight into the minds of gifted and talented students,

  8. Lynda – CARROLLTON-FARMERS BRANCH ISD (verified owner)


  9. Denise – PHARR-SAN JUAN-ALAMO ISD (verified owner)

    This course is good because it clearly outlines signs to look for so that gifted children don’t fall into deep depression.

  10. Anna – PHARR-SAN JUAN-ALAMO ISD (verified owner)

    It was great and very informative.

  11. Liliana – PHARR-SAN JUAN-ALAMO ISD (verified owner)

    Great training, I was able to learn a lot.

  12. Jose – PHARR-SAN JUAN-ALAMO ISD (verified owner)

    Very Informative and touched topics we often don’t like to discuss.

  13. Dominique – PHARR-SAN JUAN-ALAMO ISD (verified owner)

    interesting overall

  14. Rosa – PHARR-SAN JUAN-ALAMO ISD (verified owner)


  15. Sarai – PHARR-SAN JUAN-ALAMO ISD (verified owner)

    great course, very informative

  16. Mirna – LOS FRESNOS CISD (verified owner)


  17. Adrian – CARROLLTON-FARMERS BRANCH ISD (verified owner)

    Very helpful and to the point.

  18. Veronica – CARROLLTON-FARMERS BRANCH ISD (verified owner)

    This was very helpful for me as a first year educator.

  19. Jennifer – CARROLLTON-FARMERS BRANCH ISD (verified owner)

    Great course.

  20. Margaret – CARROLLTON-FARMERS BRANCH ISD (verified owner)

    The course is well organized and delivered.

  21. Nicolette – CARROLLTON-FARMERS BRANCH ISD (verified owner)

    It was very insightful.

  22. Jackie – Bexley City Schools (verified owner)

    This course was helpful for contextualizing the issues of depression in the gifted population.

  23. Faviola – PHARR-SAN JUAN-ALAMO ISD (verified owner)

    I loved the presenter for this course. She was lively and presented the material well.

  24. Andrew – CARROLLTON-FARMERS BRANCH ISD (verified owner)


  25. Nora – PHARR-SAN JUAN-ALAMO ISD (verified owner)

    Very informative and necessary to learn about our gifted students.

  26. Courtney – CARROLLTON-FARMERS BRANCH ISD (verified owner)

    Good material.

  27. Mackenzie – CARROLLTON-FARMERS BRANCH ISD (verified owner)

    very helpful

  28. Jayson – CARROLLTON-FARMERS BRANCH ISD (verified owner)

    I think this course is very valuable and can give a lot of insight into how students may deal with stress and depression.

  29. Gloria Anne – CARROLLTON-FARMERS BRANCH ISD (verified owner)

    Important information.

  30. Racha – CARROLLTON-FARMERS BRANCH ISD (verified owner)

    Love all the examples and details of this course

  31. Shanon – CARROLLTON-FARMERS BRANCH ISD (verified owner)

    I found the information to be useful in how gifted students are viewed and their increase in depression.

  32. Ashtyn – CARROLLTON-FARMERS BRANCH ISD (verified owner)

    Personally, I enjoyed the content of the course. However, the quality of the sound and video made it difficult to understand and follow along.

  33. Ashten – CARROLLTON-FARMERS BRANCH ISD (verified owner)

    The lecture format of this course is extremely difficult to follow in an online format. Please consider presenting it in a format that is less “sit and get” and lets the attendee interact with the information.

  34. Diana – CARROLLTON-FARMERS BRANCH ISD (verified owner)

    I feel like this was a great training.

  35. Melissa – CARROLLTON-FARMERS BRANCH ISD (verified owner)

    The video and audio quality was poor. However, the material was important.

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