One of the greatest challenges of my life has been being a mother to a son and a wife to a former husband, both creatively gifted and also diagnosed with “Mental Illness”.  Working as an educator for over 40 years and training with the best-gifted minds in the country was eye-opening.  Teaching in the Gifted Program – starting SENG (Social and Emotional Needs of the Gifted) in Billings – and working with gifted families for 14 years in this program has helped me become a better NAMI Family Support Facilitator. It has been my experience in working with this population that many gifted people may have issues with depression, anxiety, perfectionism, underachievement, and OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) to name a few.  The creatively gifted are right-brain dominant in ways that are hard...

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