U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 33-year-old member asked:

I think i saw someone who wasn't really there, it's freaking me out. am i going crazy?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Lynne Weixel
Clinical Psychology 37 years experience
That's not enough: For anyone to think about your going crazy. I can believe that it freaked you out and depending on who it is or was and the whole story, it can cause intense feelings too. I have no way of knowing how it happened, but visual hallucinations of a particular person are not the way symptoms of psychotic conditions usually begin in an otherwise well adjusted (or even average) adult.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Not necessarily: If you're having visual hallucinations, you need to see your physician because there's a long list of possible medical (not necessarily psychiatric or "going crazy") causes -- including drugs & alcohol. Certainly if this continues, these need to be investigated. I don't know the circumstances of what you saw, but severe mourning can also be accompanied by visions of the person who has died.
Dr. Ana Adelstein
Clinical Psychology 28 years experience
"Going Bonkers"?: For a fascinating ted talk by neurologist dr. Oliver sacks on hallucinations & what they can tell us about our brain see http://bit.Ly/10d8ws7. Hallucinations don't need to mean you are "going bonkers, " a phrase sacks likes to use.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership

Similar questions

A 38-year-old member asked:

What to do if i think i'm going crazy, can someone tell me what is wrong with me?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Barbara Lavi
Clinical Psychology 36 years experience
No one can tell you: No one can tell you with so little information. Call a mental health clinic or a private practitioner and make an appointment. They will help you figure out what is wrong. It can be scary to think you are going crazy, but don't be afraid to ask for help. Professionals deal with all kinds of issues and can give help you understand your symptoms.
Last updated Aug 13, 2017


Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.