Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Tell Dr. Fink What You Think. (Opinion)

Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Tell Dr. Fink What You Think. (Opinion)

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Join Dr. Paul J. Fink on a rambling tour of the contemporary scene.

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Child prodigies who master an entire lifetime of intellectual achievement in the short span of a childhood have long mesmerized lesser mortals. But the intellectual achievements of child prodigies may exceed their ability to cope with the psychological consequences of their extraordinary gifts, leaving them at risk for behavior problems, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and depression.

Discussion Question: How do the behavioral problems of these rare children mirror--or diverge from--those of less gifted yet still-troubled children their own age? Have you ever encountered in your practice a child prodigy? Which strategies can help these children transition from extraordinary childhood to ordinary adulthood?

"No man is an island, entire of itself," English poet John Donne declared. But Donne's immortal 17th century maxim may be under assault on the 21st century island nation of Japan. A country that prizes communal commitment over individualism is grappling with a troubling antisocial phenomenon: hikikomori, or "withdrawal." Increasingly, young adults, mostly youngmen, are shunning work and social contact--literally shutting themselves in their rooms for months, even years, at a time. …

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