Our community recently suffered a tragic loss when a brilliant young man took his life. Existential Depression is very common among gifted individuals. In a survey of 5,000 high achieving teens listed in Who's Who Among High School Students, 31% had contemplated suicide and 4% had attempted suicide. The most common reasons given for wanting to end their lives were: 86% feelings of personal worthlessness, 81% feelings of isolation and loneliness, 81% pressure to achieve, and 61% fear of failure. The most common time for teens to commit suicide in is the 'after-school' period and many teens mask their feelings.
If there's a child you're worried about, please check out the resources below. Often children may feel more comfortable talking to a professional with special expertise in dealing with gifted social and emotional issues. SENG has an article library and many other links are provided below.
SENG: Articles & Resources - Existential depression in Gifted
Letter and Resources from Betty Meckstroth
Hoagies'Gifted: Depression and Suicide