TP had been a typical healthy and functional 17 year old teenager, well liked by most who knew him. He had developed a recreational marijuana habit. He had been offered some “pot” which apparently had been laced with a foreign narcotic (PCP? Heroin?) and within 36 hours was in complete psychosis. He was taken into Houston to Texas Children’s Hospital and locked up in the psychiatric department where he spent two weeks and was no better. He was then referred to Baylor Adult Psychiatric Unit where he spent four weeks. He was diagnosed bipolar and given a list of medications until his father said that he was a “zombie.” He was then sent to a third hospital that told his father and his grandparents that they could do no more for him and that he would have to be cared for the rest of his life. He was then sent home with four medications.
At home, this previously popular teenager became a recluse with extreme social anxiety and psychotic episodes (hearing voices, etc.). He was found walking down the street in the middle of the night. He didn’t know his name or where he was. Of necessity, he dropped out of school in his senior year when his psychosis began and was unable to return to classes. His best friend’s mother, distressed over the condition of the boy she referred to as “like a son to her,” began investigating any treatment that could be helpful to him. She searched the Internet and, finding our office, called me to see if I thought that Neurofeedback could help. I told her of our newest therapy addition at our office – Nexalin – and that it could reset the hypothalamus and help create homeostasis of the brain/body system. His father called to talk to me about this therapy and then his grandmother called to see if there could be any hope for this boy’s recovery.
Although living in Port Arthur which was about 80 miles from Houston, they did not hesitate to drive to our office for a Quantitative EEG and other testing and the Nexalin treatment. Initially he was severely depressed, highly anxious and drugged. He threw up the first day he was there and could barely speak.
His treatment was everyday (five days with the weekends off) for three weeks. His grandparents drove him the three plus hours every day for his treatment. After the first week it was like working with a completely different person than initially came to our office. Our medical director was reducing his meds as fast as was safe. He was friendly and seemed normal but still had extreme social anxiety.
His grandmother would suggest they stop for food on the way home from Houston to Port Arthur but he would not go into a public place. He would sit in the car while his grandparents would go in to get food to take with them. The last day of his treatment he was willing to go into a restaurant to eat.
His family is thrilled to have their son and grandson back. In our four month follow-up, he has had no more episodes of psychosis and is quite normal with no medication and has overcome his social anxiety . He took his GED and passed it and has started college this fall.
Nancy E. White, Ph.D.