I am very surprised by the number of people that are having or have had these types of experiences.
Here is a little more history of my son's challenges.
He has been under the care of an excellent psychiatrist since kindergarten.
I say excellent because of what this man has been able to do with my child.
While I know there is a lot of skepticism towards psychiatry, I feel his doctor is very different. he actually cares about my son, and I trust him
He usually spends 2 hours with him at his appointments.
I feel he has the qualifications to treat and diagnose.
Medical Director, United Family Services; Clinical Faculty, Medical College of Virginia;
Board Certified in Child , Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry; Board Certified in Forensic Medicine;
Board Certified Forensic Examiner; Certified, American Society of Addiction Medicine; Fellow of
the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; Fellow of the American Association of Integrative Medicine
We have had multiple testing and evaluations for him over the years, and all the different psychiatrist, psychologist, in home therapist come up with
the same conclusion: His case is very complex.
He does have Autism more towards the higher functioning side of the spectrum, a little less functioning than Aspergers Syndrome.
As for the voices, he never recognized them as not real. It takes constant reassurance that no one called his name, there are no dogs outside his
window, and no phones ringing, etc...
He scored extremely low on reality testing. He perceives things around him and the way a situation unfolds completely different than what is actually
His doctor held off for three years before diagnosing him as Schizo Affective. It was very hard to tease out symptoms he was having from that
pertaining to Autism. His symptoms do overlap but his delusions have become so ingrained, along with his paranoia that I do believe this is an
Someone mentioned his medications. For some of you that do not know, I hold a Masters degree in Nursing. Most of my experience was in trauma, but I
spent several years in psychiatric nursing with mainly Adolescents.
Side effects of his medicines, was one of the first things we addressed. Often after weaning him off certain types of his meds, his symptoms would
Abilify was mentioned on here and I completely agree, it is an excellent choice we have seen some benefit from this drug.
Here's where we are, for years we have put "band aids" on huge wounds. Trying to maintain his disabilities with medication, behavioral therapy,
cognitive therapy etc...
Right now we are in the process of a long term hospitalization 4-6months for acute/residential care. However, insurance is denying the admission and
we have been doing battle for 5 months now. I even contacted my state Reps. and Senators, and wrote the President himself, trying to get this
decision overturned. So far we have not received word.
Many here, have stated this could be another type of phenomenon, and I am totally opened to that. He is extremely sensitive and can walk in a room
and immediately pick up on what everyone there is feeling.
When this happens, he is unable to process what is going on, because the feelings are so intense and he quickly is overwhelmed.
Another interesting facet is his ability to communicate with animals; namely dogs and horses. I find this most fascinating.
I can see many here are experiencing some type of auditory hallucination minus mental illness. Are there any members who have received a diagnosis
of some type of mental illness and are experiencing these types of auditory hallucinations? would you be willing to tell your story including your
If not here, consider a u2u.
I cannot express enough the appreciation I have for the members of ATS.
Thank you so much for opening your hearts and minds and teaching me more about this under explained experience.
I look forward to hearing more,
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