"She was finally able to go to the homecoming dance and hang out with other students."
Ethos FPI testing changed the life of a 17-year-old patient. She had a history of chronic depression, anxiety and insomnia for as long as her mother can remember. When she initially came into the clinic, she wouldn't speak to the provider and her mom did most of the talking for her. Her mother informed the provider that she was experiencing severe anxiety, depression and also had trouble speaking, but she wouldn't take any medications to relieve her symptoms.
She put her head down when she walked, covered her face with her hair, and often refrained from verbal communication. Initially, the provider was unsure how to help this patient because she wasn’t receptive to any treatments or recommendations.
Then, the provider mentioned the Ethos FPI test to the patient and her mother and she was surprisingly receptive. Once the results came in, the provider identified that her 5-HIAA level was at the bottom end of the spectrum, and indicated that her serotonin turnover levels were low, which could be causing her anxiety and depression symptoms. After seeing these results, the patient and her mother were more receptive to treatment.
The patient was started on the recommended treatment and within weeks of starting the treatment, the patient could feel the effects. Her whole demeanor changed when she came back into the office. She was much more talkative, didn't put her hair over her face at all, and had a much better outlook on life. She was able to go to her senior homecoming dance for the first time, attend football games, and hang out with other students.