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What causes elderly people to have visual hallucinations?

What causes elderly people to have visual hallucinations?

Meds, sensory loss: Older people are more sensitive to medication side-effects; many can cause sensory disturbances. Common culprits are antihistamine or anticholinergic meds taken for cold symptoms or to sleep. Also, loss of hearing and/or vision can render older people confused and apparently "demented" when all they really need is a hearing aid or glasses. Drug or alcohol withdrawal is another possibility. ...Read more

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Hallucinations (Definition)

Hallucinations involve sensing things while awake that appear to be real, but instead have been ...Read more


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Please tell me what can cause hallucinations in the elderly?

Please tell me what can cause hallucinations in the elderly?

Many possibilities: The patient needs a careful examination ; possibly additional tests, as there are many possibilities. These include medication side-effects, systemic infection, stroke, seizure, head injury, brain tumor, sensory deprivation (from poor eyesight and hearing), some dementias, and others. ...Read more

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Help docs! I'm trying to find out what causes hallucinations in the elderly?

Help docs! I'm trying to find out what causes hallucinations in the elderly?

Very long list: A very long list of things can cause hallucinations in elderly people. Medications are probably the worst offenders, as their varying side effects and metabolism can result in delirium which includes hallucinations. Infections, respiratory problems, neoplasms. Metabolic problems (diabetic ketoacidosis, hyperglycemia, thyroid dysfunction, etc), liver ; kidney disease, psychotic depression, etc. ...Read more

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What causes hallucinations in elderly and how to deal with it?

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What causes hallucinations in elderly and how to deal with it?

Many causes: There are many causes in the elderly. The most important and potentially-treatable are medication related. Some causes of dementia may also result in hallucinations. See your neurologist to get a thorough evaluation to identify the precise cause. ...Read more

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Please answer! What would cause an elderly woman to have morbid hallucinations?

Please answer! What would cause an elderly woman to have morbid hallucinations?

Many things: A complete medical evaluation is essential. Is there dementia? Medication review is important. Is she depressed? Psychotic depression is not uncommon I the elderly. Have her see a Geriatrician or a good internist for a full exam. ...Read more

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What are some reasons why visual and auditory hallucinations would start suddenly in an elderly person?

What are some reasons why visual and auditory hallucinations would start suddenly in an elderly person?

Delirium: Delirium is a medical emergency associated w/high mortality if underlying cause is not treated. It is defined by sudden onset of hallucinations (audio, visual or both) & delusions w/fluctuating states of consciousness & awareness. In other words, patient all of a sudden starts acting crazy. This can be due to pain, low oxygen, drugs, salt/mineral imbalance, kidney/ liver failure, heart attack, etc. ...Read more

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What part of the brain is affected if visual and auditory hallucinations and delusions appear in an elderly person?

If part of psychosis: That is a symptom of dementia due to alzheimer's disease or many small brain infarctions (multi-infarct dementia), there exists death of brain cells in many areas of the brain, but areas where cells are replaced by 'amyloid plaques and tangles' are usually concentrated in an area of the brain called the hippocampus. Once judgment, behavior, psychosis, hallucinations occur, it has spread to cortex. ...Read more

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Can lack of sleep for days cause symptoms that can mimic dementia in elderly? (hallucinations & delusions)

Can lack of sleep for days cause symptoms that can mimic dementia in elderly? (hallucinations & delusions)

Absolutely: Yes, it's dangerous. If it's that bad, you must see a doctor to get it treated. Hallucinations aren't just fun and games. They can cause you to do dangerous things. Lack of sleep is quite unhealthy and can cause severe problems if it goes on for too long. ...Read more

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Hallucinations in the elderly, what to do?

Consider: Evalution by a neurologist or a geriatric psychiatrist. That is step one. The treatment plan follows accurate evaluation. Take care. ...Read more

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Is olanzapine good for hallucinations in elderly? And what other best anti-halluciants and also tell me how easily schzinophrenia is to be diagnosed?

Is olanzapine good for hallucinations in elderly? And what other best anti-halluciants and also tell me how easily schzinophrenia is to be diagnosed?

Olanzapine: Olanzapine (http://www. Drugs. Com/mtm/olanzapine. Html) & other antipsychotics are drug of choice for treating hallucinations & delusions of psychosis. They're also approved for use in bipolar disorder in States (but I don't know about Pakistan). However, there is a Black Box warning against use in elderly w/dementia as there's an increase risk of death. So make sure benefit greater than risk. ...Read more

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How long does it normally take for hallucinations brought on by cogentin (benztropine) take to go away in an elderly female who was given 2 does in hospital.?

How long does it normally take for hallucinations brought on by cogentin (benztropine) take to go away in an elderly female who was given 2 does in hospital.?

Hrs to days: Cogentin (benztropine) is a rather archaic drug and can cause delirium, confusion, and both hallucinations and delusions in the elderly. It's use in parkinson's disease is quite rare these days. Typically, the side effects should depart within a few days at most, but if persistent and not resolving, other causes should be sought including other meds causing reactions. Contact the original doc and get answer. ...Read more

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What happens if an elderly person has hallucinations because of a uti, does it mean they have dementia/alzheimer's?

Likely at risk: Whether due to the toxic effects of an infection or reaction to medication, the presence of hallucinations is indicative of less compensatory ability and suggests underlying risk for further cognitive issues. Good to evaluate further as underlying low level dementia might be present and could benefit from therapy. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if an elderly person has hallucinations because of a uti, does it mean they have dementia/alzheimer's?

Can you tell me if an elderly person has hallucinations because of a uti, does it mean they have dementia/alzheimer's?

No: When elderly people have hallucinations or other psychiatric symptoms due to an infections (such as a uti) it is actually a delirium. Delirium is a medical illness and is very serious and the underlying condition (in this case, uti) must be treated. This is a completely different illness then dementia. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what you suggest if an elderly person has hallucinations because of a uti, does it mean they have dementia/alzheimer's?

Can you tell me what you suggest if an elderly person has hallucinations because of a uti, does it mean they have dementia/alzheimer's?

Possibly: We do know that the elderly have more cognitive issues when infected or if they experience anti-cholinergic medication reactions. Often, the first sign of future dementia is such an event, but not always. Worthwhile getting a cognitive assessment just to clarify future risk issues. ...Read more

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What causes a visual hallucination?

What causes a visual hallucination?

Many: Visual hallucinations are usually associated with some medical issue eg seizures, fever, drug use, or can be normal-see answer for related to sleep. When emotional are associated with ptsd or in severe psychosis usually assoiciated with auditory hallucinations. ...Read more

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What can cause visual hallucinations with no mental illness?

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What can cause visual hallucinations with no mental illness?

Visual Hallucination: Can be seen more in organic disorders such as brain lesion, epilepsy, migraines, psychedelic drug use, alcoholism, dementia & lesions in the visual fields. ...Read more

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Are occasional hallucinations, visual and auditory, cause for concern? They've been happening more frequently lately if that's important.

Are occasional hallucinations, visual and auditory, cause for concern? They've been happening more frequently lately if that's important.

Yes, concern: Please tell your parents and your physician about this ASAP. I see that you're taking Strattera and/or Vyvanse, (lisdexamfetamine) so these symptoms need to be reviewed carefully with your doctor. ...Read more

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My lithium level was 1.66 could it cause unusual visual problems and hallucinations at that level or while coming off of lithium all at once?

My lithium level was 1.66 could it cause unusual visual problems and hallucinations at that level or while coming off of lithium all at once?

Yes: Getting it back down to below 1.2 is part of the deal. Got to make sure Kidney function is OK. Transitory downbeat nystgmus can occur as well as seizures. Keep your doctor informed of any problems that crop up. You'll need to recheck magnesium level, thyroid function, sodium level. More than likely the Lithium level gradually crept up. Acute toxicity usually results in much higher levels. ...Read more

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What causes a period of visual hallucinations?

What causes a period of visual hallucinations?

Many things: Visual hallucinations can have many causes. These can range from migraines, seizures, retinal disease, neurodegenerative conditions, charles bonnet syndrome, alcohol and drug toxicity and other causes. Evaluation by a neuroophthalmologist can be very helpful. ...Read more

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Could the loss of a loved one cause visual hallucinations?

Could the loss of a loved one cause visual hallucinations?

Yes: Visual hallucinations of the deceased individual are not uncommon in the acute grief period. As an isolated symptom or event this is not necessarily a concern, as there is no evidence that uncomplicated grief requires treatment. However grief that does not progress and resolve or is accompanied by symptoms of depression that interfere with the ability to function requires evaluation. ...Read more

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Does anxiety cause visual disturbances like hallucinations?

Does anxiety cause visual disturbances like hallucinations?

Not hallucinations: Anxiety, when severe enough as in a panic attack, can cause "tunnel vision" where all you see is that which is in front of you. This is due to the effects of adrenaline. Sometimes on can feel that they are out of their body or the situation is not real. Anxiety does not cause auditory hallucinations (hearing voices talking) or visual hallucinations (seeing figures others don't see). ...Read more

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I'm a caregiver to a 51 year old male. He has ushers and is mr. Having verbal auditory and visual hallucinations. Can ushers cause hallucinations?

It is possible.: Sensory deprivation from usher's syndrome in the form of deafness and blindness could cause both auditory as well as visual hallucinations. ...Read more

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Can Parkinson's disease cause visual hallucinations?

Yes: Visual hallucinations are commonly seen in parkinson's disease. With one recent study suggesting in the range of 40% experiencing visual hallucinations. ...Read more

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Can dementia cause hallucinations or visual disturbances?

Can dementia cause hallucinations or visual disturbances?

Not exactly: Hallucinations or visual disturbances aren't symptoms of dementia, per se. However, patients with dementia may experience hallucinations or delusions if a delirium or other cause of these symptoms is superimposed on the dementia. Delirium develops over a short period of time (usually hours to days) and tends to fluctuate throughout the day. Patients with delirium often respond well to treatment. ...Read more

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Does celexa (citalopram) cause visual hallucinations in some patients?

Does celexa (citalopram) cause visual hallucinations in some patients?

Celexa (citalopram): Although hallucinations have been reported with celexa, (citalopram) I don't know which type of hallucination was experienced. If an individual had a full blown serotonin syndrome I expect that would be possible. ...Read more

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Could a broken furnace cause visual hallucinations? My aunt thought she saw a zebra on her bed that reached from bed to ceiling. Blames it on furnace.

Could a broken furnace cause visual hallucinations? My aunt thought she saw a zebra on her bed that reached from bed to ceiling. Blames it on furnace.

Yes the gas: Can cause your eyes to weaken and water.
If she continues to see things, take her to a psychiatrist, clinic to be assessed for mental illness. ...Read more

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Can pseudotumor cerebri cause auditory and visual hallucinations or is it just anxiety?

Can pseudotumor cerebri cause auditory and visual hallucinations or is it just anxiety?

Unlikely: Pseudotumor is a state of brain swelling of uncertain cause. Steroids and excess vitamin a can cause this as well as toxic effects of some medications including antibiotics. The pressure should not cause these symptoms, but the toxic state may be the cause. ...Read more

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Can extreme stress, anxiety and depression cause distorted perceptions, illusions and visual hallucinations?

Can extreme stress, anxiety and depression cause distorted perceptions, illusions and visual hallucinations?

Yes: Stress and anxiety of a degree to cause these phenomena warrants professional help. Please arrange to see a Psychiatrist who may refer you to a neurologist to rule out neurologic disease. ...Read more