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Can severe anxiety and isolation cause delusions/hallucinations?

Can severe anxiety and isolation cause delusions/hallucinations?

Yes, isolation and: Anxiety can trigger temporary delusions and hallucinations. A mental health professional can diagnose you and help you determine if this is the case or if some other condition is present. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more


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Can anxiety or OCD become or cause schizophrenia? Nervous of prodrome schizophrenia. I've had anxiety for almost 6 years and I've never experienced delusions or other marked schiz symptoms. Unlikely?

Can anxiety or OCD become or cause schizophrenia? Nervous of prodrome schizophrenia. I've had anxiety for almost 6 years and I've never experienced delusions or other marked schiz symptoms. Unlikely?

OCD & schizophrenia: Are two different disorders. Your anxiety may be what is prompting you to ask this question. The fact that you have not had any schizophrenic symptoms is a good sign. Keep working at coping/w anxiety. Peace and good health. David Burns book "Feeling Good" may be helpful. ...Read more

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33yr old healthy male; suddenly has delusions, anxiety, short temperament, unsightly body odor, memory loss. Could probiotics supplements cause this?

33yr old healthy male; suddenly has delusions, anxiety, short temperament, unsightly body odor, memory loss. Could probiotics supplements cause this?

NO!: I can't imagine any way that probiotics could cause these symptoms. We all have about 100 trillion bacteria in our intestines- adding a few billion friendly bacteria to this has minimal effect;it might help eliminate unfriendly microbes, which is only beneficial. There are many potential causes of your problems-nutrient deficiencies, toxic exposures, food allergies, infections, thyroid- see a good doc! ...Read more

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What's the difference between paranoid delusions and anxiety?

What's the difference between paranoid delusions and anxiety?

Anxiety vs paranoia: Someone suffering from paranoid delusion is convinced that what they believe is true in spite of all evidence to the contrary. They cannot be talked out of their delusion nor can they be comforted. Someone with anxious thoughts is usually fretting the future in spite of the fact that what they are fearing is unlikely to happen. They do not argue with that lack of likelihood, but will complain that they cannot control their thoughts. ...Read more

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Previous hallucinogen drug abuse has given me anxiety. I have delusions of demons and I can picture out evil faces almost anywhere I look. Just looking for some tips, Xanax (alprazolam) helps me but pref no drugs.

Previous hallucinogen drug abuse has given me anxiety. I have delusions of demons and I can picture out evil faces almost anywhere I look. Just looking for some tips, Xanax (alprazolam) helps me but pref no drugs.

Unfortunately: The best treatment may be a medication for persisting effects from hallucinogenic damage. Other relaxation strategies may be helpful as would guided meditation to learn to control the thought processes for longer periods of time and increase a sense of connection to reality. ...Read more

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I am experiencing delusions, lightheadedness (worsened by: anxiety), irrational fear or phobia, appetite changes (quality: reduced appetite), di...

Evaluation Needed: First you would need to be evaluated to rule out any medical and/or substance use causes for these symptoms, followed by a mental health evaluation. There are a number of possible reasons for these symptoms, and more information is definitely needed. If you find these symptoms to be frightening, disturbing, and causing significant distress, please go to the nearest ER or call 911 for assistance. ...Read more

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I have been sick for 3 days-low grade fever, fatigue, body aches, inability to sleep due to anxiety and delusions, fatigue, body aches, sore throat?

I have been sick for 3 days-low grade fever, fatigue, body aches, inability to sleep due to anxiety and delusions, fatigue, body aches, sore throat?

?Influenza: Although this is an unusual time of year to have influenza, or a flu-like viral infection, this is possible. What is of concern are the anxiety, delusions and insomnia. You are in an area of the U.S. In which lyme disease is prevalent. Strongly suggest you see your doctor and get diagnosed one way or another. Hope you are better soon. ...Read more

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Paranoia (everyone watching/listens) and delusional (go away in few months replaced with a new one psychic cia, etc) some anxiety. No drugs. Could be?

Paranoia (everyone watching/listens) and delusional (go away in few months replaced with a new one psychic cia, etc) some anxiety. No drugs. Could be?

Serious condition: Paranoia as you describe is a serious and life threatening condition that requires immediate evaluation. There are many causes from depression, bipolar to organic causes as medications, drugs, brain tumor, infections. Seek help asap. ...Read more

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I have negative side effects such as anxiety, depression and obsessiveness, delusional thinking, poor immune system and moodiness from hypnotherapy. What can I do to stop the negative effects?

I have negative side effects such as anxiety, depression and obsessiveness, delusional thinking, poor immune system and moodiness from hypnotherapy.  What can I do to stop the negative effects?

That would be a lot: Of symptoms to attribute to hypnotherapy use. Regardless of what may have triggered or induced these symptoms — recommend medical evaluation to search for underlying medical causes. Cognitive behavioral therapy may be helpful. ...Read more

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What diseases could cause delusions?

What diseases could cause delusions?

Many: In addition to delusional disorder snd schizophrenia, possibilities include neurodegenerative disorders or other disorders of the central nervous system (such as seizures or tumors), vascular diseases, infectious diseases, metabolic disorders, endocrine disorders, vitamin deficiencies, medication effects, substance use and some toxins. ...Read more

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What mental illnesses causes someone to have delusions?

What mental illnesses causes someone to have delusions?

Usually paranoid: While delusions are most commonly associated with paranoia and paranoid schizophrenia, they can actually be present in varying forms when reality is distorted in one's mind. An example of this is seen in eating disorders when people truly believe that they are fat when they are actually starving. In body dysmorphic disorder, a perceived flaw in appearance reaches delusional levels. ...Read more

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What mental conditions cause delusions and disorganised thoughts?

Need more info: These symptoms could be a sign of schizophrenia, but could just as we'll be a result of drug abuse or withdrawal. ...Read more

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What causes illusions, delusions, and hallucinations?

What causes illusions, delusions, and hallucinations?

Illusions are simple: Perceptual distortions, seeing things that aren't there because of low lighting, atmospheric distortion, etc. Once light is shined on the cause, the illusion disappears. Delusions are fixed patterns of thought that do not respond to reality. Hallucinations are psychotic manifestations that have little to do with reality. The latter two are usually brought on by drugs or mental illness. ...Read more

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What causes? Delusions?

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What causes? Delusions?

Delusions: One explanation is excess Dopamine in your brain. Another is analytic theory where thoughts & feelings are projected & experienced as coming from the other person (freud & other analysts). ...Read more

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What was the cause of delusions in the 'old timers' depicted in the movies?

What was the cause of delusions in the 'old timers' depicted in the movies?

Dementia: It's the movies, so is all just made up, so who knows? :) however, delusions are common symptoms in several types of dementia, including dementia with lewy bodies, alzheimer's dementia, and vascular dementia. So my guess is that they likely were depicting some type of dementia. ...Read more

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What could cause delusions of grandeur?

What could cause delusions of grandeur?

Grandeur: Delusions of grandeur can appear in several kinds of illnesses, such as bipolar disorder in a manic episode, schizoaffective disorder, and some schizophrenics. In the latter it might be more about technological expertise and influencing the world, etc than expanded mood. ...Read more

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What causes guys to have delusions of grandeur?

Interesting query...: Guys, in general, are not grounded in reality the way gals are. Tend to be more narcissistic, dream about flying, being the richest or most powerful around, have a higher self-esteem (without justification) than women. When the delusions become large and guy cannot differentiate between thoughts and reality, delusions become part of psychosis (like hitler and many dictators). Testosterone, hmmmmm. ...Read more

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What could fainting followed by a period of delusion be caused by?

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What could fainting followed by a period of delusion be caused by?

Fainting: If isolated incident and there cis a pattern, substance abuse comes to mind. If repeated, could be effect of organic nervous system pathology, which you need to consult your doctor about. ...Read more