Existential depression can be a significant issue for CASIGYs™*. Robin Williams’ tragic death by suicide is a prime example.
If you are a parent, teacher, health professional or family member of a CASIGY™, you’re going to want to view the recording of this LifeCraft™ Webinar!
Depression is one of the three top issues brought by Sensitive and Gifted children, teens and adults to psychotherapists’ offices around the USA and around the world.
Existential Depression is a type of depression that’s common among the Sensitive and Gifted.
Why? There are many factors. The CASIGY™ traits of Creativity, Acute Awarenss, Super-Sensitivity, Intensity and/or Giftedness combine to connect the Sensitive and Gifted, AKA CASIGYs™ with the bigger, deeper issues in life. CASIGYs™ deep and broad awareness often includes an awareness of the ineptness of those in power, and how and why the things that are being doing in society to address its ills are not going to help, but often are going to make things worse. Knowing this can engender a sense of helplessness and smallness in the face of Life itself. Another factor here is that Sensitive and Gifted children often have flashes of insight into deep issues long before you have the cognitive ability to discover or design effective interventions for them.
Your deep compassion for others unfortunately may not extend to yourself, and unrealistic expectations of yourself may take over. You may expect that because of your awareness and your insight into the problems themselves, you should be able to solve them, but that is often not the case.
Thoughts of suicide can be daily companions of many CASIGYs, even when they don’t talk about it to anyone. Creative & gifted students and adults, whom many assume to have a perfect life, often experience life quite differently than you might think.
When to make a Suicide Safety Plan
Four things to include in a Safety Plan
How to tell when C.A.S.I.G.Y. depression (yours or someone else’s) is Existential Depression
What to do differently when Existential Depression is present
We’re saving the best ‘til last! What ONE thing will help any CASIGY re-connect with the desire to live AND live better
Here’s the video recording:
*CASIGY = Creative, Acutely Aware, Super-Sensitive, Intense and/or Gifted YOU!
 Webb, Edward R, Amend, Nadia R, and Goerss, Jean: Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnosis in Gifted Children and Adults