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Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children and Adults: ADHD, Bipolar, Ocd, Asperger's, Depression, and Other Disorders Hardcover – December 2, 2004

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Editorial Reviews


"The authors start by saying this book describes a modern tragedy. Nothing could be more accurate." -- Pep Talk, Spring, 2005

"a book that parents of gifted children, educators, psychologists and physicians need to read." -- Outlook Magazine, Minnesota Council for the Gifted and Talented

"the kind of diagnostic thinking that represents the best ethical and professional functioning in our field...required reading" -- The National Psychologist, January/February 2005

About 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. Rich 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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 265 pages
  • Publisher: Great Potential Press (December 2, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0910707642
  • ISBN-13: 978-0910707640
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,006,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If it weren't for this book, and for James Webb, I might have believed the teachers and psychologists who told me that something was really wrong with my daughter. After reading this book, I realized that several things were really right with her, but that we weren't handling her in the ways most likely to help her adapt and succeed.

With the help of this book, some enlightened professionals, and my own observations of my girl, we have succeeded in helping her find her way within the school, with her peer group, and with adults.

If you have a child being labeled as having Aspergers, ADHD, etc. and one who is very bright, get this book. It may be that the disabilities are there, but it may not. Too many of our teachers, social workers, and psychologists are too eager to slap on a label and let themselves off the hook. Don't give up on your kid, and don't let them do it either.

This book will help you find ways to evaluate what you are seeing, and what you are being told, and it will help you find ways to respond constructively.
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Twice exceptional children, that is those who are both gifted and learning disabled, are an enigma to parents and professionals alike. And because of the overlap in characteristics, some gifted children are diagnosed as having other exceptionalities, when they are really just exhibiting characteristics of giftedness. Figuring these kids out is difficult, at best.

Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children and Adults should be read by all. Parents will find great information and detailed vignettes describing many dual exceptionalities and misdiagnoses. Professionals, whether medical, psychological, or educational, will find the differential information that will enable them to stop pathologizing normal behaviors of the gifted, and to stop missing real diagnoses that were previously excused as characteristics of giftedness. And gifted adults will find confirmation of the differences they may have struggled with all their lives, that no one could ever explain before. While the book does not replace professional counseling, it does offer great first steps towards dealing with both the frustrating characteristics of giftedness, and the symptoms of dual exceptionalities.

Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses is a valuable resource for parents, teachers, and professionals from both psychological and medical communities. It should be among every school's counseling resources, and every pediatrician's reading list. And parents of both gifted and twice exceptional kids should make time to read it.

Bottom line: I LOVE it! And though I wish I had it years ago, I found several very valuable sections to help with my own kids even now, plus tons of great information to recommend to both parents and professionals who come to Hoagies' Page seeking help.
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My Mom likes this book for its information about giftedness and wishes she had read it when she was fighting with my school.

However, I don't like the attitude that giftedness is OK but no other difference is OK. I'm a gifted autistic. I value myself not only as a gifted person but also as an autistic person. Their portrayal of autistics is stereotypical and has little relationship to how I and other autistics actually think.

I first got upset about the ADHD section (which comes first) because a) they stated why gifted kids might do a behavior but only implied why ADHDers might do it, which makes it hard to actually differentiate, and b) they portray ADHDers as pathological. At one point they say "this behavior can be better understood as non-pathological..." about why gifted kids do it. Pathological means pertaining to disease. ADHD, autism and other neurological differences are not diseases. They don't kill people, and if given proper support they don't make the person any less happy or healthy. I was very unhappy in school because I was bullied for acting strangely, but now that I'm homeschooled I'm much happier, though the bullying has left emotional scars I'm trying to heal from.
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This book is very good as a warning to doctors and parents to not jump to quick diagnoses about ADHD (among other conditions), and shows all the overlapping or somewhat similar traits between Giftedness and neurological issues. However, I didn't see any examples of what ADHD (or the other conditions) would look like in a Gifted person. Surely Giftedness and ADHD, Bipolar, OCD, Asperger's, Depression, and other disorders are not all mutually exclusive. If there had been a case study for 1. Giftedness 2. whatever disorder 3. Giftedness along with whatever disorder I would have found it a lot more helpful. Perhaps that research hasn't been done yet.

As a Gifted adult struggling with distractibility I've been trying to discern if it's just the Giftedness or if I need to take action for ADD. This book gave me more detail than what I can find on the internet, but it wasn't helpful for determining when a diagnosis in a gifted person/child would be valid.

This book is slightly better than "average" but I didn't think it was informative enough for 4 stars.... maybe 3.5

Who should buy it? Doctors and medical professionals who deal with these diagnosis regularly. If you're a parent who is questioning, I recommend borrowing this from the library.
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