Feynn, it will take a while for me to locate the cites for this as I was reading up on something else when I came across it, but apparently there is a serious flaw in Terman’s project as it applies to all gifted/high IQ people. All of Terman’s subjects were identified as exceptional in childhood and received proper help, training, and recognition. The majority of ‘gifteds’, at least those that are adults now, were unrecognized in childhood or, if recognized, did not receive the support and care they should have.
I’m 44, and there were no ‘gifted’ programs in our little rural schools when I was young. I was ‘recognized’ in the first grade, but my parents were opposed to my receiving any special consideration, opportunities, benefits, etc. to encourage and develop my abilities. Right now I’m an unemployed emotional wreck trying to undergo therapy to help with the existential depression and intellectual frustration I’ve lived with all of my life.
I only discovered I was ‘gifted’ about a week ago. I’m still trying to accept and adjust to the fact that I truly am different. Without help and guidance, ‘gifted’ children often crash on the rocks as adults, and depression seems to be pretty common in this group because of the frustration and isolation/loneliness created by our ‘gift’.
That may be why there seem to be so many people here at the SDMB that are/have been suffering from depression - a lot of highly intelligent, sensitive people living frustrating, unfulfilling lives, coming here for their ‘fix’ of things they can’t find in real life.
(At least, that’s what my therapist said about me! He even had me pull up the SDMB on his office computer so he could take a look at the place.)