This is a difficult and dangerous category to treat with anything but anti-psychotic medication (and so our supervising psychiatrist tells us) even with those; although they have a proven efficacy in a majority of cases. In this category of disorder, neurofeedback should probably not be employed, unless by, or under the supervision of, a physician or psychiatrist who is also the prescribing doctor.
That being said, it seems that what is sometimes diagnosed as paranoid, schizophrenic or bi-polar, may also be something else, like a traumatic brain injury, or an injury-exacerbated “other” problem, or a hybrid like “schizo-affective” disorder, in which psychotic-like behavior is exacerbated by alcohol, drugs, and even prescription medications. It is also possible that a seizure disorder, such as temporal lobe epilepsy can manifest with psychotic symptoms such as hallucinations and delusions.
The case given below illustrates this point, and how sticky it can be to label someone and then treat a diagnosis. The underlying reality of a person is always characterized by biochemical, neurological and psychological uniqueness.
RS came to us referred by a well-regarded psychiatrist, who also worked with us interactively and participated in the cure. If the change in the maps seems dramatic, its parallel in the mental health and well-being of the patient is even more extraordinary.
Please see blurb in the LENS section on how to interpret a LENS map. In general we are looking down on the head from above, with the fop always the front of the head and the bottom the back, or occiput. Black or various shades of blue show where the head is the quietest, bright colors indicate problem areas with white the “hottest” and yellow and red in decreasing amplitudes. The goal is to quiet the hot spots and balance the brain. This can be seen in the succession of maps seperated by several months over more than a year. The most important square to track is the fourth one down (or second from the bottom). Notice how the bright colors (hot spots) mute, first expand, then dwindle. Notice also how this map changes and morphs over time. Notice also how the bars on the histogram, which are a graphic representation of the map, lower and become more quiet.
Then read down below for what this patient experienced.
RS was referred to us with caution as an extremely complex patient with multiple psychiatric hospitalizations, and not much improvement. He suffered from hallucinatory voices, extreme mood swings, ADD, anxiety, and some obsessive-compulsive features. He was on seven different medications: Mood stabilizers, anti-depressants, anti-psychotics, anti-anxiety, and sleep meds.
At first impression, RS appeared with lowered head, a face frozen in an expression, and the writhing tardive dyskinesia sometimes found in highly medicated patients. His affect was very muted and he spoke in short syllables. Nonetheless, after the first treatment, which was also the creation of a LENS map, he looked the clinician in the eye and said with a sigh, “Thank you, I think you have just given me more room in my head.’ (Which was duly entered into the clinical notes. ) Subsequent sessions reported improvements in sleep, mood stability, clarity of thought. The voices were audible but less intrusive. His family reported that RS began to be perceived as “very different” than he had been.
As time went on sleep architecture was restored. There was much less visible dyskinetic writhing. RS spoke more confidently and had no trouble making eye contact. He continued to report that the treatments were giving him “more room” in his brain. Reports were coming back that he was much more social. He entered into a regular Sudarshan Yoga breathing practice (Art of Living International) and continued improving with the regular breathwork. Parents reported that suddenly he was cooking and cleaning up after himself (and everyone else, both partents with professions and demanding schedules. (And he wasn’t a bad cook”.) Reports came back that the concierges and the elevator men in the building loved him–he kept giving them bottles of spring water (to make sure they stayed hydrated on the job) and regular tips and appreciation for their work. (RS also had began practicing HeartMath, an HRV practice taught at Stone Mountain (See HeartMath). Recently we learned that RS had entered a fairly rigorous program to learn Homeopathy, and had begun attending Aikido classes again.
Meeting this rather composed, affable young man, who engages you in eye contact and pleasant conversation, you would not recognize the person who first came to us. He is off all but two medications, and fairly small doses of those, and the dyskinesia is mostly passed.