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ERIC Number: EJ848384
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 4
ISSN: ISSN-1040-1350
Diagnosis or Misdiagnosis
Webb, James T.; Goerss, Jean; Amend, Edward R.; Webb, Nadia E.; Beljan, Paul; Olenchak, F. Richard
Understanding Our Gifted, v18 n2 p15-17 Win 2006
How frequently are gifted children misdiagnosed? Frankly, there are no research data, though the authors know it occurs, and perhaps frequently. How do individuals draw this conclusion? Because the authors have tested children whose parents have come to them for a second (or third) opinion, and in their clinical experience it appears that behaviors typical for the gifted may be mistaken for behavioral disorders in more than 25 percent of gifted children. In their combined experience, gifted behaviors are most often mistaken for ADHD, Asperger's Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and Bipolar Disorder. This phenomenon of misdiagnosis may occur because society is "label-happy." Without a well-informed cadre of professionals (pediatricians, psychologists, psychiatrists, counselors, teachers) it is difficult to reduce the rate of misdiagnosis among gifted children. Without a "gold standard" for definitive diagnosis, which incorporates giftedness and its implications, all mental health diagnoses of gifted children are subjective to a certain extent. Any credible conclusions could only come from organizing a panel of experts to submit a "consensus opinion" about this issue or, alternatively, organizing a group of recognized experts in each field to perform studies to reevaluate large numbers of gifted children who have been given psychiatric or behavioral disorder diagnoses.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Kindergarten
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Language: English
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