Daisy is an 18-year-old Highly Sensitive Person and introvert.
She and her mother went through a harrowing year and a half of trying to figure out what was “wrong” with Daisy. She had been displaying destructive, angry, depressive, and self-harming behavior. She went through lots of therapy, medications, hospitalizations, attended a therapeutic boarding school, and even a wilderness therapy program (she was taken there in the middle of the night without knowing where she was going!) Throughout this time, she was diagnosed with ADHD, OCD, bipolar disorder, and more.
After all that, she and her mother discovered Dr. Elaine Aron’s book, The Highly Sensitive Person, and suddenly everything made sense. After so many misdiagnoses, they had found the key to understanding Daisy. She was highly sensitive.
After that, the healing began.
This episode sheds lights on what it is like to be a highly sensitive teen–and not know it. Daisy’s story can help not just teens and youth, but parents and teachers, too.
This interview includes:
- Daisy explaining what led to all her treatments
- How it feels to be highly sensitive
- What is wilderness therapy?
- How she deals with the challenges of high sensitivity
- Her tips for parents of highly sensitive kids
Get in touch with Daisy:
- Next year, she and her mother are publishing a book titled Saving Daisy. Follow the book website for updates and blog posts.
- Find Daisy on Twitter & Instagram.
- Read Daisy’s wonderful writings on Quiet Revolution.
Check out Daisy’s recommended books & favorite memoirs:
- Hold On to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers by Gordon Neufeld
- The Highly Sensitive Child by Dr. Elaine Aron
- Acquainted with the Night: A Parent’s Quest to Understand Depression and Bipolar Disorder in His Children by Paul Raeburn
- Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan
- Quiet by Susan Cain