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The Misdiagnosis Initiative from SENG

This week’s #gtchat was a follow-up to our recent interview with Dr. James Webb about the Misdiagnosis Initiative from SENG. A link to that interview appears in the links below.


Since the interview, a major announcement by the National Institute of Mental Health in the U.S. had a major impact on this chat. The NIMH will no longer be supporting the DSM (Data and Statistical Manual for Diagnosing Mental Disorders). With the newest DSM-5 set to be released on May 24th by the American Psychiatric Association, this decision sent shock waves through the Psychiatric community. Justification for the decision was that in the future, diagnosis needs to be based on physiological results rather than on strictly observable behaviors.


Unfortunately, this new approach is at least a decade off; leaving the DSM still a key diagnostic tool for most U.S. health care professionals. Ultimately, it may prove highly beneficial for gifted children and decrease the probability of misdiagnosis. Time will tell.


An interview w/Dr. James Webb of @giftedbooks & @SENG_Gifted on the “Misdiagnosis Initiative”

The Misdiagnosis of Gifted Children (YouTube) from @SENG_Gifted

A brochure titled “Decreasing Medical Misdiagnosis in Gifted Children,” available from SENG

Grand Rounds lecture on misdiagnosis/dual diagnoses by Dr. James T. Webb, Univ of Wisconsin Medical School 

Article by Dr. Marianne Kuzujanakis for Huffington Post, ‘The Misunderstood Face of Giftedness’

‘ADHD and Children Who Are Gifted’ by Webb & Latimer

‘Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnosis of Gifted Children’ by Webb & others from @SENG_Gifted

‘Psychologists Familiar with Testing the Gifted & Exceptionally Gifted’ from @HoagiesGifted

‘Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children & Adults’ (book) from @giftedbooks

‘The NIMH Withdraws Support for DSM-5’

National Institute of Mental Health abandoning the DSM

“Psychiatry Divided as Mental Health ‘bible’ Denounced” New Scientist

NIMH moving beyond DSM

Autistic teenager tipped for Nobel Prize

Cybraryman’s ADHD Page

GHF’s Professionals’ Guide to Gifted Children

‘Identification and Assessment of Gifted Students with Learning Disabilities’ (pdf)  Ruban/Reis

‘Texas Private IQ Testing Professionals’ recommended by Texas Parents of the Profoundly Gifted 

On Giftedness and 2E or Being ‘Twice Exceptional’ from Leslie Graves  

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