Unfortunately many intense, sensitive, overexcitable, more able children, teenagers (and adults) are being mis-diagnosed or labelled by educational and health care professionals. The most common misdiagnosis are: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Oppositional Defiant Disorder (OD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and Mood Disorders such as Cyclothymic Disorder, Dysthymic Disorder, Depression, and Bi-Polar Disorder. These common misdiagnosis stem from an ignorance among professionals about specific social and emotional characteristics of overexcitable more able children which then are mistakenly seen by these professionals as characteristics of psychological disorders.
Parents who come in contact with PowerWood have sometimes children who have been diagnosed with a psychological disorder while their parents don’t feel confident about this diagnose and sometimes even doubt the diagnose and feel relieved when they learn more and how they can support the children, teenagers or young adults appropriately.
We would like to recommend the following book:
‘Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnosis of Gifted Children and Adults: ADHD, Bipolar, OCD, Asperger’s, Depression, and other Disorders’ written by Jim Webb and his colleagues .
You can also read more in this SENG article
“… a modern tragedy. many of our brightest, most creative, most independent thinking children and adults are being incorrectly diagnosed as having behavioural, emotional, or mental disorders.”
James T. Webb
President and Publisher of Great Potential Press, Inc.
Founder of SENG,
(Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted)