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. Sandra – Private Pay (verified owner)

    Although this topic is a hard one, I think it’s extremely important that we all gain more knowledge in this area. It was a great course.

  2. Aracely – SPRING ISD (verified owner)

    Very applicable to real life situations.

  3. Vickie – CARROLLTON-FARMERS BRANCH ISD (verified owner)

    So valuable, especially making us aware of the suicide factors.

  4. Tamara – Mobile County School District (verified owner)

    Interesting topic, great speaker

  5. John – CARROLLTON-FARMERS BRANCH ISD (verified owner)

    Excellent content and helpful with real world strategies

  6. Nicole – SCHOOL OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (verified owner)

    I think it is good to be aware of the differences in existential depression and depression

  7. Olga – LOS FRESNOS CISD (verified owner)

    I found this course very helpful in giving insights on how to look for signs of depression and how to help students with depression.

  8. Lucinda – Private Pay (verified owner)

    Dr. Lori provides useful tools to help professionals identify and assist those with existential depression, depression, and suicidal tendencies.

  9. Kelly – ECTOR COUNTY ISD (verified owner)


  10. Stephanie – PROSPER ISD (verified owner)

    I thought it was informative and important.

  11. Patrick – CARROLLTON-FARMERS BRANCH ISD (verified owner)

    great course!

  12. CLAUDIA V – SOCORRO ISD (verified owner)

    Great information! thank you!

  13. Rodolfo – EDINBURG CISD (verified owner)

    Very important topic will help when working ith the gifted student population.

  14. Fatima – CARROLLTON-FARMERS BRANCH ISD (verified owner)

    Great presenter!

  15. Michelle – CARROLLTON-FARMERS BRANCH ISD (verified owner)

    relevant to our youth and care!

  16. SONIA R – SOCORRO ISD (verified owner)

    very useful and informative

  17. Christa – VIDOR ISD (verified owner)

    It is really nice to be able to do the module at my own pace.

  18. Adrian – HARMONY SCIENCE ACADEMY & SCHOOL OF SCIENCE – HOUSTON SOUTH 101846 OR 101862 (verified owner)


  19. Christopher – PLANO ISD (verified owner)

    Wonderfully presented to discuss sensitive issue.

  20. JULIA – SAN FELIPE-DEL RIO CISD (verified owner)

    I loved this course. Very helpful.

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

    Great information in this course.


    It is a good course.

  23. Susan – WESTERVILLE CITY (verified owner)

    Good information

  24. Alma – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)

    Very informative

  25. Elvia – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)

    It was very insightful.

  26. Kathy – RSU 22 (verified owner)

    Great information given in a well presented format.

  27. Leonila – UNITED ISD (verified owner)


  28. Rosalinda – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)

    This video was excellent because it gives important information on what to look for when students are depressed and what we can do to help them.

  29. ELVA – UNITED ISD (verified owner)


  30. KYNA M – SOCORRO ISD (verified owner)

    Very good information and emphasized some of the things being done within personal classroom.

  31. Maria Elena – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)

    Very useful information was provided in this video.

  32. Sumeyye – HARMONY SCIENCE ACADEMY & SCHOOL OF SCIENCE – HOUSTON SOUTH 101846 OR 101862 (verified owner)

    5 stars!

  33. Nathaniel – WALLER ISD (verified owner)

    Very informative.

  34. Christine – WALLER ISD (verified owner)

    Excellent information that all parents and educators need to be aware of.

  35. Jennifer – WALLER ISD (verified owner)


  36. Bridget – Pilot (verified owner)

    This was a very informative lesson about depression in the gifted and how to identify and help those that are depressed.

  37. Rosalia – WALLER ISD (verified owner)

    Sound was not good as the first course that I took. I couldn’t hear the answers that the participant were given during the course.

  38. Danica – WALLER ISD (verified owner)

    The information was really helpful. I am a mother of a child who fits a lot of these things and it gave me a better understanding of what he is feeling and how to help him.

  39. Kim – LITTLE CYPRESS-MAURICEVILLE CISD (verified owner)

    I enjoyed this course. It was extremely informative.

  40. Bruce – MIAMI EAST LOCAL (verified owner)

    This was a good course and the speaker is easy to follow. I think the biggest thing to learn from this presentation is to LISTEN, LISTEN, LISTEN to the students.

  41. Emmadonna – WALLER ISD (verified owner)

    use information

  42. Susan – WALLER ISD (verified owner)

    Very informative for learning about depression.

  43. Alyssa – PRESIDIO ISD (verified owner)


  44. Alexander – CARROLLTON-FARMERS BRANCH ISD (verified owner)

    Lots of great info to ponder on and good strategies to help these students

  45. Demetria – PORT NECHES-GROVES ISD (verified owner)

    Great information because this is so many of our kids today in our world.

  46. Delores – ECTOR COUNTY ISD (verified owner)

    it definitely added to my knowledge on the subject

  47. Delfina – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Thank you for a more in depth understanding of depression.

  48. Brenda – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Very interesting information

  49. Amy – SPRING ISD (verified owner)

    It was helpful and useful if you work with or have GT kids.

  50. Pam – ECTOR COUNTY ISD (verified owner)

    This course offered a few more ideas to add to my arsenal in expanding my ability to serve the gifted and talented.

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