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

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Great Potential Press, Inc., 2005 - Family & Relationships - 265 pages
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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, 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

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Chapter 2 AttentionDeficit Hyperactivity Disorder 35
Chapter 3 Anger Diagnoses 61
Chapter 4 Ideational and Anxiety Disorders 85
Chapter 5 Mood Disorders 117
Chapter 6 Learning Disabilities 137
Chapter 7 Sleep Disorders 157
Chapter 8 Allergies Asthma and Reactive Hypoglycemia 169
Chapter 9 Relationships Issues for Gifted Children and Adults 175
Chapter 10 Differentiating Gifted Behaviors from Pathological Behaviors 197
Chapter 11 How to Select a Health Care Professional or Counselor for a Gifted Child or Adult 209
Chapter 12 Resources 219

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