Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Gifted Adults: Relationships and Career

Very good presentation based on Marylou Kelly Streznewski that includes an interesting discussion of neuroscience behind giftedness.  Gifted People have more dendrite spines.  Need for stimulation.

3 Keys to Being Gifted and Happy on the job
  • –  Finding a day-to-day level of stimulation which provides challenge and newness
  • –  Ability to move to new areas of work when challenge of present area wares off
  • –  Ability to create own work environment 

    Dating and Marriage 

    • Five steps to finding true friends and partners
      • –  Create a support group
      • –  Understand that most people won’t get
        your needs and be ok with that
      • –  Find places and activities that attract
        other gifted people
      • –  Contact “Mensa”, a national
        organization for gifted adults, to get a
        list of members in your area
      • –  Be comfortable with yourself

    Remember, your playing small does not suit the world.  Nor does it suit you.

    “Our deepest Fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest Fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that scares us. We ask ourselves, “Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? You are a Child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us, it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically LIBERATES OTHERS.
             -- Mairanne Williamson

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Cognitive Impairment in Patients With Bipolar Disorder

 It is widely accepted that patients with schizophrenia have some degree of cognitive deficiency and that cognitive deficits are an inherent part of the disorder. Historically, there has been less focus on cognitive deficits in patients with bipolar disorder; however, numerous studies of cognition in patients with bipolar disorder, including several comprehensive meta-analyses of bipolar patients who were euthymic at the time of testing, have recently been undertaken.1-4 Each of these analyses found that cognitive impairment persists during periods of remission, mainly in domains that include attention and processing speed, memory, and executive functioning.

Cognitive Impairment in Patients With Bipolar Disorder | Psychiatric Times:

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