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Are visual hallucinations a schizophrenic symptom also, or only delusions?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Schizophrenic: Auditory, visual, somatic (tactile), smell, and gustatory (taste) hallucinations can all be present in schizophrenia -- but visual hallucinations can also come w/drug use & other organic pathology. You're right that delusions are important in schizophrenia: being persecuted; being referred to specially; being controlled; having one's mind read; thoughts put in or taken out of one's head, etc.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Visual: Agree. Can also be indicative of organic factors such as brain lesions or induced by substances such as medications or street drugs.
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 24 years experience
More complex: Visual hallucinations are common in many illnesses most notably delirium. But they can be found as a symptom in many illnesses. Delusions are common in some but not all forms of schizophrenia. Delusions can also be seen in a number of other illnesses. Delusions and hallucinations are symptoms not disease entities.
Dr. Adam Lewis
Dr. Adam Lewis commented
Neurosurgery 35 years experience
Excellent answer
Sep 29, 2014

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Are visual hallucinations a schizophrenic symptom?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Visual hallucination: Visual hallucinations happen in about half of people with schizophrenia. They may be simple like flashes of light, or more complex like images of persons, animals, or objects. They can be either bigger or smaller than true perceptions. Auditory hallucinations are a lot more common, though. These can be voices mumbling, conversing, or commenting -- they sometimes command certain actions.

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