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A teenage girl's multiple disabilities go undiagnosed for ten years

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Madison Hollis-Guyton says she feels like a normal person despite mental disabilities. Madison Hollis-Guyton says she feels like a normal person despite mental disabilities.
Benita Hollis says she knew her daughter has asperger's and schizophrenia before she was diagnosed. Benita Hollis says she knew her daughter has asperger's and schizophrenia before she was diagnosed.

By: Brittaney Chatman

A recent Wednesday afternoon found 16-year-old Madison Hollis- Guyton rushing off the school bus to tell her mother about her day while playing on her cell phone.

Madison may have looked like a typical teenager, but her world is far from normal. Madison was highly anxious, easily angered and absentminded as early as three.

“She was just in her own world and Madison's world is very limited, and consist of only animals, Disney, and the anime character Danny Phantom,” Benita said. 
 
Madison started experiencing violent hallucinations in the form of animals when she was about six-years-old, animals that told her to attack people.
 
“It makes me pull my hair out when I'm nervous and if, sometimes other people's hair if I get close enough to pull it, “ Madison said. 
 
Benita had a strong feeling that in addition to ADHD Madison could have childhood-onset schizophrenia and asperger's syndrome. Both are severe types of autism that causes problems with communication, rational thinking, and social interaction. 
 
Hollis said she told doctors at the Mental Health hospital to dually diagnose Madison with both mental disorders, but they refused.

Ten years later after countless emergency room visists and suicide attempts, Madison was finally diagnosed for both disorders, but only treated for asperger's. 
 
“I was very frustrated and angry, and I still am because I knew she had both disorders, I know she has both disorders and I couldn't get them to listen, and I still can't get them to treat her for the childhood-onset schizophrenia because they want to run more evaluations.” 
 
Madison's regular pediatrician Dr. Clarence Dollison, said Adolescents with asperger's syndrome often have symptoms consistent with schizophrenia but only 1 out of 1,000 are diagnosed for both in their childhood. 
 
"It is unusual for a child to have more than one or two diagnoses when were talking about mental disorders and that sort of thing.” Dollison said. “ If a patient is dually diagnosed, treated for one and not the other, then it's usually because there are limited resources to help that disability, such as schizophrenia.”
 
Benita is afraid she might lose her daughter If two severe disorders take over her life. 
 
“I want to push my daughter to be a normal and successful teenaged girl despite her mental state. If I am not here I want to know that she will be able to make sounded decisions and not live in a world where someone can entice her with a puppy or a trip to Disney World, or a Danny Phantom video.”
 
Madison doesn't believe she can be successful. But Benita will continue to protect her daughter and find the resources she needs to help her daughter deal with her mental disorders. 
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