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Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children and Adults: ADHD, Bipolar, Ocd, Asperger's, Depression, and Other Disorders By James T. Webb Edward R. Amend,

  • Title: Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children and Adults: ADHD, Bipolar, Ocd, Asperger's, Depression, and Other Disorders
  • Author: James T. Webb Edward R. Amend
  • ISBN: 9780910707671
  • Page: 123
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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, psychologists, and counselors are unaware of characteristics of gifted children and adults thatOur 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, psychologists, 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 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 Jack G Wiggins, Ph D Former President, American Psychological Association
    Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children and Adults ADHD Bipolar Ocd Asperger s Depression and Other Disorders 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 rece

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    1. I was disappointed in this book, because I felt like the dual diagnosis wasn t really part of it The book focused on how gifted traits can often appear to be some other disorder, but really aren t There was a lot of describing what the various disorders are and what their traits are like, and what traits a gifted person would display that might be mistaken And here and there there was mention of people with a dual diagnosis, but not enough Basically, it said that yes, gifted people can have othe [...]

    2. This book was extremely helpful to me I am a homeschooling parent of a very bright child who has had some developmental and sensory issues and is frankly just exhausting Everyone is always commenting on how very bright my child seems and though I have mostly agreed I always wondered, Then why does she have so many issues I loved that they discussed physical symptoms sleep issues, food allergies sensitivities, and reactive hypoglycemia, and sensory sensitivity and explain that this is a very comm [...]

    3. Because psychologists and teachers very often are not trained about gifted children, and because the quirky behavior traits of giftedness resemble symptoms of various disorders, gifted children are often misdiagnosed as having disorders they don t actually have Conversely, because gifted children can compensate for learning disabilities and still perform satisfactorily, they often have their learning disabilities go undetected This book was written to help parents, teachers, and psychologists un [...]

    4. Very eye opening Every parent who has quirky or intense kids should read this And copies that are worn from use need to be on every teacher s shelf The main idea Being bright is not the summation of giftedness It is pervasive it effects almost every aspect of a gifted child or adults life from the way they interact with people, to the way they learn, to the way they behave and experience emotions The idea that gifted people have it easier than the rest is a myth and a potentially damaging mindse [...]

    5. This book was recommended to me by the school counselor I didn t read the entire book, only the four chapters that interested me the most introduction, adhd, anger, relationships It certainly gave me something to think about, but also highlighted the limitations of our public school system.

    6. This is a detailed study of how gifted characteristics can appear to be different disorders, such as ADD, ODD, mood disorders, etc That s not to say that your gifted child doesn t have ADHD it s possible , but all too often a child is diagnosed with a disorder when in reality the symptoms are just the quirks of being gifted The book also discusses learning disabilities, such as dyslexia, and how they can be masked by a child s giftedness This book is not a substitute for an evaluation if your ch [...]

    7. This book was amazing for me to read I have a gifted son who has learning issues and other issues as well I am struggling to understand him I honestly think for me this book has answered SO many of my questions about him The book is written for doctors, teachers or parents who are working with or trying to understand gifted children The book goes over different diagnoses that children may get It talks about how often gifted children have symptoms that may lead to diagnosis which are incorrect It [...]

    8. This book is extremely enlightening about the difficulty of diagnosing gifted children, since gifted behaviors can often mimic typical DSM IV TR criteria for various psychological conditions Unfortunately for gifted children, field disagreements on inclusion criteria and the paucity of studies done on the subject of gifted children and dual diagnosis mean that many either go undiagnosed or end up falsely diagnosed.I believe that all psychologists, especially those working in primary education, s [...]

    9. Very informative book Helps parents know when to ignore a pediatrician diagnosed issue when the child really needs a comprehensive psychological or neuropsychological evaluation I knew that many learning disabilities and gifted qualities can mimic ADHD but was shocked at how many different things can be mistaken for ADHD by an untrained eye parent OR untrained professional.e ped for example.All in all though, this book did help confirm our son s diagnosis by the ped AND nueropsychologist and I a [...]

    10. I only read this for the ADHD parts and skipped over the parts that didn t apply Overall very good I think there are a lot of idiots and not necessarily idiots but overworked doctors out there handing out diagnosis This is a good book to read if you think your child is gifted but has also received another label.

    11. Very good read There is an amazing amount of things that are common to gifted children that I would never have paired with gifted traits You go away from this book feeling like someone is making it all make sense and laying out a map for you However to get 5 stars I would need them to tell me what I actually could do about it all.

    12. This book is one of the best books I have read that explains how gifted childrent can be misdiagnosed or have overlapping symptoms with other problems Everyone I have loaned this to has also said it was worth reading.

    13. This is one of the most valuable texts I own A must have for every educator in the field of gifted education

    14. A fascinating look at how children who are ahead can still be left behind A must read for anyone associated with Gifted people.

    15. After reading two chapters I ordered a copy for my bookshelf I can see handing sections of this book to well meaning teachers and other adult figures in the next few years.

    16. This book is really opening my eyes and teaching me a lot about my daughter Emily This has been a LONG journey and I think I m finally getting some answers.

    17. I recommend that all psychologists read the first chapter, because it provides a very comprehensive profile of gifted children The chapter on comorbidity with ADHD was excellent, too.

    18. Good, with some reservations It was helpful for me, as I ve been struggling with these questions in my own life for quite a while now But also I m well read in the area and able to read between the lines as needed The book was based off an old version of the DSM and is inaccurate with regards to some diagnoses most particularly Asperger s Disorder, with no mention of autism , and in my opinion didn t do enough to counter the potential misinterpretation of oh my child isn t broken, they re specia [...]

    19. Excellent overview, great mix of strutured information and case studies illustrating the possible ways of misdiagnosis and overlapping phenomenon

    20. It turns out that common characteristics of gifted children and adults are often misdiagnosed as mental illness or disorder Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children and Adults contains exceptionally helpful comparisons between behaviors and markers for a variety of illnesses and the ways giftedness can look like those conditions but is actually different The book also goes into what to look for when a child or adult has a dual diagnosis that is, the person is gifted AND has another con [...]

    21. I heard about this book, and assumed it would compare various diagnoses and not focus exclusively on gifted children compared to various disorders That being said, it was my fault for not reading the title closely enough I am not a fan of labels and find IQ or standardized testing useful in only addressing ares of concern not intelligence Therefore, I read this book as though it were describing the qualities of any person, the way a person thinks, and how it is related to a disorder or dual diso [...]

    22. I really liked this book when I first read it, as it seemed possible to rule out ADHD in my daughter and myself based on what the book said were common characteristics of gifted people But the book was not quite clear actually not very clear at all about what the difference between a gifted person without and with ADHD would be, so I had to keep researching A year and a half later, I now know A LOT MORE about giftedness and about ADHD, and therefore see all the flaws in this book better The WAIS [...]

    23. Around 25% of gifted people are misdiagnosed with a disorder according to a quote in a newspaper by James T Webb His wording did not say 25% of those who visit a psychologist , so visiting a psychologist as a gifted person could be quite hazardous without this book This book is like a survival guide for anyone who has or might have a high IQ I believe everyone of that description needs to have a copy accessible.Gifted people are nothing like the common myths about them They re not all successful [...]

    24. If you re reading this book review you ve than likely received concerned phone calls from your child s teacher or care providers You re not alone There is hope Don t despair I encourage you to always be hopeful and realize your child is continuing to grow and develop YOU are your child s best advocate and support If your child is diagnosed with any type of disorder or neuro challenge, read this book Labels can seriously damage a child s self esteem but this book can take challenges and help vie [...]

    25. This is a must read if you know a bright child that is being evaluated for any of the above conditions or has other behaviors that concern you It gives a good insight to the behaviors of gifted children that can be sometimes misconstrued as a mental condition when it is related to their giftedness Things like a child becoming bored with a curriculum can make a gifted child act out in such a way that some may think they have ADHD or ODD Also, the misconception that gifted children never have lea [...]

    26. More a what and how book than a why book, and once again, the focus is predominantly on gifted children It s still a good book on that topic, and perhaps concrete than Living With Intensity in terms of what it suggests, but it s not as useful for understanding the phenomenology of giftedness Also in comparison with LWI, this book would likely be better to recommend to school faculty, medical professionals, and parents that are advocating for or against a particular diagnosis than to gifted peop [...]

    27. Useful on a limited level for us the sleeping bit is particularly relevant right now , but I imagine the other portions will be helpful in time We re all works in progress The title bothers me Dual Diagnosis is a term of art indicating mental issues and substance abuse issues Both my husband and I RN and JD cringed at it used this way.

    28. This book gets you thinking about mis diagnosis and attempting to evaluate children at deeper levels, despite their behavior problems and issues in school Readers must be careful not to provided excuses for problematic behaviors by saying my child is gifted But we must also not forget that some children, if not most, are gifted and require a specialized approach to learning and development.

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