When I work with children such as your son in my office, I try to teach them methods to use to calm and comfort themselves during anxious or upsetting times. Even on medication, every day is not a good day. Knowledge of relaxation techniques is essential. And don't forget the energizing power of exercise which nourishes the brain with chemicals that give a feeling of well-being. Too many gifted kids are sedentary. An excellent book that explains how diet, exercise, and general health practices can augment medication is The Antidepressant Survival Guide, by Dr. Robert Hedaya. I have recommended it to several patient families who have found it to be helpful.
Gifted, Anxious, and Depressed
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