Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children and Adults (ADHD, Bipolar, OCD, Asperger’s, Depression, and Other Disorders)” with Catherine Mathon, MA, LPC
Gifted children and adults are being misdiagnosed and given medication for disorders they don’t have. Some of the brightest, most creative children and adults are misdiagnosed as having behavioral or emotional disorders such as ADD/ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, or Asperger’s Disorder. Many receive unneeded medications and/or inappropriate counseling. How can this happen? Many physicians, psychologists, and counselors are unaware of the characteristics of gifted children and adults that mimic pathological diagnoses. This presentation gives an overview of typical behaviors of gifted children and adults and discusses ways in which parents and professionals can distinguish between behaviors that are pathological and those that are normal for gifted children.
Catherine Mathon is a Licensed Professional Counselor who specializes in working with gifted and twice-exceptional individuals (2e). She is working in her private practice in Boulder using Synergetic Play Therapy and Equine Assisted Therapy. Catherine graduated from Naropa University in 2015, and worked at Mount Saint Vincent and In Reach (BIPR) prior to launching her private practice. In addition, Catherine provides consulting services to corporations to help with organizational issues, c-level executive coaching, team building, and individual career coaching.
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