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A 21-year-old member asked:

What are delusions and hallucinations?

3 doctor answers14 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ray Holt
Dr. Ray Holtanswered
Family Medicine 29 years experience
I'll explain: Delusions are when you think something is happening and it's not. For instance you may think you're the president of the United States, but you're not. That's a delusion (unless you're an african american senator from illinois). A hallucination is where you sense something that's not there. It can be something you think you smell or see for example that's not really there.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Delusions/Hallucinat: Delusions are false beliefs. Hallucinations are false perceptions.
Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Different : A delusion is something that can theoretically happen, but is not very likely. An example of this would be, when a patient tells me that Cindy Crawford is in love with him. That's a delusion. A hallucination is, by definition, any one or more of the five senses interpreting stimuli from the environment that does not in reality exist.
Dr. Paul Pyles
Dr. Paul Pyles commented
Addiction Medicine 34 years experience
I like this explanation.
Feb 26, 2015

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A 35-year-old member asked:

How can I tell if i'm having delusions or hallucinations?

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Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 31 years experience
Reality check: Delusions & hallucinations are considered "psychotic" symptoms. They represent impaired contact with reality. One way to check on your contact with reality is to take actions to be objective. This means that you could evaluate your beliefs and confirm your perceptions by asking trusted others if they agree with you. If your beliefs and perceptions are clearly false they'll say so. Get consensus.

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