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A 41-year-old member asked:

when shizophrenic people have visual hallucinations, can they tell that they're only hallucinating?

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Dr. Cyma Khalily
Psychiatry 35 years experience
SOMETIMES: Sometimes yes and sometimes no. If the person is psychotic enough then no it is difficult for them to tell that it is a hallucination, especially if they are untreated. If the person is treated with anti-psychotic medications, then sometimes they are aware that the hallucinations are not real. Still tough either way.

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Are visual hallucinations a schizophrenic symptom?

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What drugs will make visual hallucinations go away?

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Dr. Steven Reidbord
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Find the cause: Visual hallucinations are usually organic; that is, they are usually caused by drugs, drug withdrawal, migraines, seizures, or physical injury to the brain. For this reason, it's more important to find the cause of the hallucinations than to take a drug to make them go away. However, antipsychotic (neuroleptic) medications can often decrease or stop visual hallucinations.

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