Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children and Adults: ADHD, Bipolar, OCD, Asperger's, Depression, and Other Disorders

Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children and Adults: ADHD, Bipolar, OCD, Asperger's, Depression, and Other Disorders

by James T. Webb
     
 

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Our brightest, most creative children and adults are often being misdiagnosed with behavioral and emotional disorders such as ADHD, Oppositional-Defiant Disorder, Bipolar, OCD, or Asperger's. Many receive unneeded medication and inappropriate counseling as a result.

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Our brightest, most creative children and adults are often being misdiagnosed with behavioral and emotional disorders such as ADHD, Oppositional-Defiant Disorder, Bipolar, OCD, or Asperger's. Many receive unneeded medication and inappropriate counseling as a result.

Physicians, psychologist, and counselors are unaware of characteristics of gifted children and adults that mimic pathological diagnoses. Six nationally prominent health care professionals describe ways parents and professionals can distinguish between gifted behaviors and pathological behaviors.

Features include:

  • Written for parents and professionals

  • Characteristics of gifted children and adults

  • Diagnoses most commonly given to gifted children and adults

  • Traits of diagnoses incorrectly given to gifted children and adults

  • Guidelines to avoid mislabeling gifted children

  • Parent-child relationship problems

  • Issues for gifted adults

  • Advice for selecting a counselor or health care professional

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Editorial Reviews

National Psychologist
"This book is an excellent example of the kind of diagnostic thinking that represents the best ethical and professional functioning in our field. It is required reading."
Outlook Magazine
"a book that parents of gifted children, educators, psychologists, and physicians need to read."
Minnesota Council for the Gifted and Talented
Pep Talk Magazine
"The authors start by saying this book describes a modern tragedy. Nothing could be more accurate."
Spring, 2005
Cummings Foundation for Behavioral Health
My advice to parents would be to read this book before your child is misdiagnosed and mistreated.
Director, Belin-Blank Center
This book makes a powerful statement that many behaviors associated with giftedness may be misconstrued as behaviors associated with disorders. I highly recommend this book to both professionals and parents.
Eide Neurolearning Clinic
This book should be required reading for every professional who cares for children and every parent with a bright but behaviorally perplexing child.
former president, American Psychological Association
These authors have brought to light a widespread and serious problem--the wasting of lives from the misdiagnosis of gifted children and adults and the inappropriate treatment that often follows.
Mahoney and Associates
This book is paramount...to the evolution of the field of counseling the gifted. It is critical and imperative for the field of mental health providers to finally become aware of the serious and damaging effects that misdiagnosis can have on gifted individuals.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780910707640
Publisher:
Great Potential Press, Inc.
Publication date:
01/28/2005
Pages:
308
Sales rank:
960,900
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

The authors, James T. Webb, Ph.D., Edwards R. Amend, Psy.D., Nadia E. Webb, Psy.D., Jean Goerss, M.D., Paul Beljan, Psy.D., and F. Richard Olenchak, Ph.D. include the President of the National Association for Gifted Children, two clinical neuropsychologists, two clinical psychologists, and a board-certified pediatrician formerly affiliated with The Mayo Clinic.

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