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Gifted, ADHD, or Both?

January 29, 2012

(Please share with your pediatrician.)

The answer is not always as clear as we might think.

Intellectually gifted children whose needs are neglected or misunderstood may exhibit traits and behaviors that resemble those of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and be wrongly diagnosed, possibly resulting in unnecessary medication and unintended harm. Young gifted children are especially at high-risk for misdiagnosis, in light of the new extended guideline for ADHD diagnosis.

To alert the pediatric healthcare community to the potential for misdiagnosis and the complexity of dual diagnosis, SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted) has issued a News Release and  Recommended Resources as part of a public awareness effort.

As part of this effort, SENG is also publishing for free on YouTube its 15-minute video, The Misdiagnosis of Gifted Children, formerly available only by purchase.

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