Person on the left side of a metaphorical wall with labels of disabilities and person on the right side with medical symptoms
Diagnostic Overshadowing Graphic in ENH NHS Trust

Diagnostic Overshadowing Amongst People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities — Deadly yet Avoidable Risks

Paola Rossetti
6 min readMay 3, 2020

Imagine that you are a young adult with a developmental or intellectual disability — you are minimally verbal (but have been labeled non-verbal) yet you understand a lot more than people think you do. You have been given an antipsychotic medication for a few months and have just started…

Paola Rossetti

Health and disability law attorney and advocate. Likes to read about mystery medical diagnoses. Excited to restart personal writing after a law school hiatus!