Misdiagnosis of gifted individuals most frequently occurs when professionals mistakenly view specific social and emotional characteristics of gifted individuals as signs of pathology. Missed diagnosis occurs when factors of giftedness obscure weaknesses, or problematic behaviors are minimized because one is gifted. The presenter will discuss the most common disorders that lead to either misdiagnosis or missed diagnoses, explore the relationship between giftedness and clinical syndromes, and provide information and strategies for social and emotional development.
ABOUT EDWARD AMEND, PSY.D.
Edward R. Amend, Psy.D., (Amend rhymes with Raymond) is a practicing clinical psychologist at Amend Psychological Services, P.S.C., in Lexington, Kentucky. He is licensed in both Kentucky and Ohio. In his practice, Dr. Amend focuses on the social, emotional, and educational needs of gifted and talented youth, adults, and their families. He provides evaluations and therapy, facilitates child and parent discussion groups, and offers consultation and training for school personnel. Dr. Amend is co-author of two award-winning books: A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children and Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children and Adults: ADHD, Bipolar, OCD, Asperger’s, Depression, and Other Disorders (2nd edition). As a strong advocate for the gifted population, Dr. Amend’s years of service have included the Board of Directors of Supporting Emotional Needs of Gifted; President of the Kentucky Association for Gifted Education; Chair for the National Association for Gifted Children Counseling and Guidance Network; and consultant to the Davidson Institute for Talent Development. He speaks locally and nationally on issues related to giftedness.
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