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A 22-year-old female asked:

i'm 22, female, and for the last few years i have sporadically had hallucinations in my sleep. always of spiders. i jump out of bed every time...why?

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Dr. Abby Caplin
Integrative Medicine 40 years experience
It depends: It depends on what spiders mean to you, what they might signify. It's a good opportunity to explore your life with a psychotherapist to see what this dream means to you. Many types of therapists exist, and finding someone with a jungian orientation might be a good start.
Dr. Syed H. Sajid
Psychiatry 29 years experience
Not hallucination: Seeing things by mr. Y in the absence of an external stimuli and those things cannot be seen by anyone else, is called visual hallucination. In the same way, if ms. X is in her room alone and she starts hearing voices or someone start talking to her, this is auditory hallucination. You cannot have hallucinations, if you are sleeping or dreaming. Ah/vh usually have paranoia or delusions with them.

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Last updated May 6, 2016

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