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A 38-year-old member asked:

Does anxiety cause visual disturbances like hallucinations?

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Dr. Edward Smith
Neurosurgery 54 years experience
See, it's stress: The effect of stress cannot be underestimated as a cause of neurological symptoms, including all sorts of hallucinations. But emotional causes should not be assumed until other, potentially dangerous, causes of hallucinations are excluded by testing. Most visual hallucinations are organically caused, ie not stress-related.
Dr. Chris Esguerra
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Not hallucinations: Anxiety, when severe enough as in a panic attack, can cause "tunnel vision" where all you see is that which is in front of you. This is due to the effects of adrenaline. Sometimes on can feel that they are out of their body or the situation is not real. Anxiety does not cause auditory hallucinations (hearing voices talking) or visual hallucinations (seeing figures others don't see).

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A 41-year-old member asked:

What kind of visual disturbances could be caused by anxiety?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Anxiety: Most common is blurred vision or eye strain.

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Last updated Dec 22, 2014

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