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A 32-year-old member asked:

which drugs cause "true hallucinations"?

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Dr. Louis Costello
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Hallucinigens abound: The brain is capable of misfiring under many circumstances ... Some drugs are known for their tendency to induce or bring on hallucinations such as possibly hallucinogenic mushrooms or others. But many drugs can pose a risk depending on the person and circumstance. "True hallucinations" are that persons experience of the misfiring of brain neuro circuits. Best to work to protect one's brain.

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A 30-year-old member asked:

If I were having a hallucination, would I know that it's not real?

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Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 24 years experience
Usually not: The most likely cause of hallucinations involves brain activity without an actual real stimulus. Since we use our brain to understand what we see, hear, taste etc, it is often not possible to tell whether our brain received information from the environment or became activated through something akin to faulty wiring. Sometimes one can learn to tell if it is a hallucination but it can be difficult.
A 45-year-old member asked:

I think i'm hallucinating. What can I do to make sure i'm okay?

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Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine 60 years experience
Hallucinating: This is a serious condition. You should see a physician as soon as possible to receive medical attention. Be sure you are not taking drugs etc. That could be causing this.
A 25-year-old member asked:

I keep seeing things that people don't notice. Am I hallucinating?

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Dr. Donald Hazlett
Psychiatry 54 years experience
At first glance: I would say it isn't anything serious because you are aware that other people can't notice what you see. You also ask; "am i hallucinating?". Without knowing what you see it's hard to make an assessment. Maybe you should talk to your doctor about it and see if there is anything to worry about and if there is get a referral to a psychologist or psychiatrist for consultation.
A 18-year-old member asked:

Is thought broadcasting when people can actually hear your thought? Im pretty sure im not hallucinating it because people repeat them, every one.

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Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry 36 years experience
No: Thought broadcasting is the *delusion* that one's thoughts are perceived directly by others. A delusion is an idiosyncratic belief firmly held despite strong evidence to the contrary. Since everyday life gives strong evidence that thoughts cannot be perceived directly by others, a firm conviction that they can would be thought broadcasting, a delusion. "pretty sure" doesn't count.
A 47-year-old member asked:

What type of medicine would a doctor prescribe for a mental patient with hallucinations?

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Dr. Jeffrey Weyeneth
Dr. Jeffrey Weyeneth answered
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Antipsychotics: Somone suffering from a mental illness causing hallucinations would often be prescribed antipsychotics. But, this person should have a thorough evaluation as many medical conditions can also cause hallucinations.
Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry 36 years experience
The possible medical conditions need to be worked up while the hallucinations are being ameliorated with antipsychotics.
Feb 21, 2012

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