Saturday, April 30, 2011

Youth and Irlen Syndrome

I just wanted to repost this wonderful article by Dr Armine. His son was diagnosed with bipolar disease and schizoaffective disorder. However, on hearing about Irlen Syndrome, he organised for his son to be tested for Irlen Syndrome. The outcome is absolutely amazing. Read on...
I am a physician and have a son who six years ago was diagnosed with bipolar disease and schizoaffective disorder.  During that time, he was recalcitrant to numerous traditional and alternative therapies in that those therapies failed to ameliorate his visual hallucinations and fluctuations in his mood.  My son is an extremely intelligent and motivated individual with a high IQ who loved to read and enjoyed the intellectual challenge of high school and college.  His disease robbed him of his ability to concentrate on his reading, causing extreme distress and his inability to remain in school.  He had consistent headaches and anxiety.  For several semesters, we needed to medically withdraw him from classes and he was unable to progress in his studies.

At the suggestion of his recent psychiatrist, we were asked to investigate Irlen's Syndrome.  Upon reading the website and performing the self-tests, it was apparent that my son could possibly be suffering from Irlen's Syndrome.  His symptoms included the printed word being fuzzy, letters moving around, the background competing for his attention, visualizing in two dimensions rather than three dimensions, difficulty in night vision, difficulty in depth perception, etc.

He was tested, and I was able to observe my son’s inability to read and visual hallucinations reversed by the use of these (Irlen) tinted lenses.  Within two weeks, we had a set of glasses with the proper tinting and my son showed immediate improvement.  He was able to read without difficulty, his anxiety decreased significantly, his visual hallucinations were eradicated, his headaches (which were apparently caused by him concentrating very hard on each word to make it stop moving) were relieved; and, for the first time in several years, he was able to complete his semester."  Dr. Jess P Armine

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