Schizophrenia? Or Concussion?

Archie was 12 years old when his new psychiatrist referred him to Dr. Esty for FNS (Flexyx Neurotherapy System) treatment. He had recently been hospitalized because he was hearing voices urging him to harm others. Multiple medications were started and he was diagnosed as possibly schizophrenic.

Following release from the psychiatric unit Archie’s family consulted a different psychiatrist who, fortunately for Archie, understands the many potential effects of concussion on emotional functioning. He recognized that multiple concussions, some with loss of consciousness, in the prior three years had contributed to these frightening symptoms in this likable, very intelligent, and friendly young man. Fortunately his new psychiatrist was aware of the positive effects of FNS for treating head injuries and recognized that auditory hallucinations can be caused by TBI. Recovery from these head traumas was complicated by a history of ADHD.

Archie’s response to treatment was positive from the beginning. After only a few treatments his therapist, guidance counselor, and mother reported improvements. The auditory hallucinations faded quickly and he could return to school. Energy gradually improved and medications were reduced or eliminated. Treatment for the ADHD symptoms continued with traditional neurotherapy being added to the program. The end result has been as close to proof as one could possibly be that FNS should be considered for treatment even for serious psychiatric diagnoses and that a history of trauma is extremely important in an evaluation. Archie is now in college and is a top athlete in a highly competitive individual sport.

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