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What percentage of kids are mentally gifted? How many kids are treated with ADHD actually are gifted?

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
2 doctors agree

In brief: See bell curve

By definition, giftedness is having an iq higher than 2 standard deviations above the mean, a full-scale iq > 130, in the " very superior" range.
In theory, it's 2%, but the bell-shaped curve doesn't reach baseline after the 2 % at either the top or bottom ends. Gifted kids can have adhd like anyone else. Some are socially awkward, leading to misdiagnosis of asperger syndrome, but not adhd.

In brief: See bell curve

By definition, giftedness is having an iq higher than 2 standard deviations above the mean, a full-scale iq > 130, in the " very superior" range.
In theory, it's 2%, but the bell-shaped curve doesn't reach baseline after the 2 % at either the top or bottom ends. Gifted kids can have adhd like anyone else. Some are socially awkward, leading to misdiagnosis of asperger syndrome, but not adhd.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Dr. Jonathan Megerian
Pediatrics - Neurology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

It depends on what you mean by gifted.
As dr. Elliott mentions, using the IQ terminology, adhd does not increase the chance of having a superior iq. Nonetheless, many people with adhd who have learned to harness their ability to hyperfocus appear to be 'gifted' in terms of their ability to be very successful. Unfortunately, there are also those who never learn to do this, and struggle with adhd.

In brief: Depends

It depends on what you mean by gifted.
As dr. Elliott mentions, using the IQ terminology, adhd does not increase the chance of having a superior iq. Nonetheless, many people with adhd who have learned to harness their ability to hyperfocus appear to be 'gifted' in terms of their ability to be very successful. Unfortunately, there are also those who never learn to do this, and struggle with adhd.
Dr. Jonathan Megerian
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Dr. Glen Elliott
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: No relationship.

"gifted" refers to performance on standardized IQ testing, which is designed so that "average" is an IQ of 100 and, depending on your definition, 1 to 3.
5 percent are in the highly superior range. Individuals with adhd, on average, are not more likely to be intellectually gifted than those without adhd. But, when matched for iq, those with adhd may perform less well.

In brief: No relationship.

"gifted" refers to performance on standardized IQ testing, which is designed so that "average" is an IQ of 100 and, depending on your definition, 1 to 3.
5 percent are in the highly superior range. Individuals with adhd, on average, are not more likely to be intellectually gifted than those without adhd. But, when matched for iq, those with adhd may perform less well.
Dr. Glen Elliott
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