En dan is daar eindelijk de link met o.a. EDS, die wij al jarenlang zien binnen HBcentrum! Misschien is dit stiekem wel mijn mooiste sinterklaascadeautje 😉 Hoe meer ik lees hoe meer kwartjes vallen over cliënten. Ik wíst het gewoon!! Hieronder een korte samenvatting maar lees vooral ook het hele artikel. Ik weet niet in hoeverre we hier in Nederland al iets mee kunnen maar het lijkt me een stap in de goede richting <3
PHYSIOLOGICAL CORRELATIONS WITH GIFTEDNESS
Especially when we focus on the highly and profoundly gifted population, we see a higher incidence of anxiety, depression, introversion, as well as a higher incidence of certain medical conditions than is found among the general population. For instance, clinicians associated with GRO have seen higher incidence of the following among highly and profoundly gifted individuals in their practice:
Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANS)
Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections (PANDAS)
Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS)
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS)
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
Epstein Barr Syndrome (EBS)
Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth
Other autoimmune diseases
Additionally, more than a few individuals in the highly and profoundly gifted community report responding to medications in an off-pattern way. People will say, “I’m not allergic to X medication, but I have this bad reaction to it and thus can’t take it.”
EHLERS-DANLOS SYNDROME (EDS)
Another medical condition that we have seen occurring with greater frequency in the gifted population than in the general population is Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS). EDS is a connective tissue disorder, that exists on a continuum of severity. A simple way to think of EDS is to think of someone with loose joints, or someone who is double jointed. EDS, however, is a severe disease that causes great suffering in many people.
The question here is not whether a person has a bad case of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome; the question is whether the genetic version of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome exists at all in the person’s body. The Ehlers-Danlos gene can be inherited from one parent, or from both parents. People who have that gene are more likely to have one or more additional illness associated with RCCX theory and associated with giftedness.
Important: Researchers associated with GRO believe that families with members who have EDS should be aware that other members of their family might also be at higher risk for diseases and syndromes associated with RCCX theory.
If you take away nothing else from this article, please take away these two points:
#1 It is possible that many individuals in the gifted community are suffering from some degree of mast cell disease and thus would benefit from talking to a physician about how their symptoms might be better explained by mast cell problems.
#2 We must take very seriously the potential harm we are causing gifted children by not acknowledging their psychological, social, and physiological differences in and out of school. Although nearly everyone realizes that excessive stress is harmful to health, if RCCX theory proves true, there is even more reason to stop current educational practices of trying to squeeze square peg children into round hole educational practices and curricula.