I was given the gifted label in public school when I was growing up, and loved the gifted special classes I was in - but found it to be a burden as well.
My son was in a private school with many conventionally gifted students - early readers, kids who could wiz through math workbooks.
My son is gifted, and can tell you all kinds of complex things about math, but he loathes math workbooks - so in school, his "problem" with math workbooks was interpreted as a difficulty in learning math. Subsequently, he began to say he was "stupid" in math, and began to hate it. Only after 9 months of homeschooling has he begun to see again that math is fun - and that he's good at it. Workbooks are a minimal part of math for us at home.
My son is also highly gifted in science, and in language comprehension. He was praised in school for his complex and rich oral book reports - however, he was "behind" in language arts, because he has difficulty writing his thoughts down (mechanics of writing are still challenging for him). He also has motor planning issues, and so eye-tracking for reading skills has come slowly to him. Consequently, he was given boring baby books to read in school, and decided that he "hated" reading. At home, I can read complex and rich literature to him, and discuss it with him, and I can write down what he has to say about it.
I have to say - I also bought into the idea that gifted meant early reader, and math workbook whiz, so I didn't consider that some of the personality traits my son exhibited were traits of giftedness. I knew he was bright, but I didn't think he was gited. However, when I read about the personality traits of gifted children on the hoagies websight, I realized this description fit him so much better than the "learning disabled" descriptions I had been advised to learn about.
So, we've thrown out the "learning disabled" idea altogether, and embraced the "gifted" idea - None of which has ever been communicated to our son. These are just ways to help me better serve his needs. And I am serving him better by supporting his gifts, rather than focusing on his challenges.