Wednesday, May 29, 2013
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Thursday, April 12, 2012
Saturday, December 10, 2011
This past Wednesday, we met with the neuropsychologist for the feedback session to discuss the results of Katelyn's recent neuropsych evaluation. The doctor confirmed that, in addition to PDD (autism spectrum), Katelyn DOES have psychosis. She said that it is still too early to determine a specific diagnosis, such as schizophrenia, but that she is definitely responding to hallucinations, or what the doctor preferred to call "extra-sensory experiences" that make Katelyn afraid and do bad things. At this point, she will keep the PDD diagnosis, but her diagnosis could change in the future since childhood schizophrenia and PDD have many overlapping symptoms. The doctor talked about how rare childhood psychosis is, and then when you couple it with PDD, it is even more rare to see this in a child her age (5 years old). She also talked about Katelyn's extreme level of anxiety, which we already were aware of. Who wouldn't be anxious with what she is going through?
Even though this has been suspected for quite some time and I knew in my gut that Katelyn was having hallucinations, it is a bittersweet feeling to finally have confirmation. Having been told by so many "professionals" in the past that, "Oh, that is just autism," it is reassuring and validating to finally have doctors agree that this odd behavior is NOT autism at all. However, it is still difficult to hear that your child truly is suffering from psychosis. It doesn't change anything about how we all love Katelyn and who she is; it just means that we will need to continue to fight harder and harder to ensure that she gets all of the services she needs to reach her fullest potential. It will be a life-long journey for her, but we will all be here to help her navigate through her perceived world and reality.
Thank you to all of you for your support over the years.