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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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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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 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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Can anxiety or stress cause visual disturbances? I have been seeing red and green spots in vision. I also notice small things in the air like dust.

Can anxiety or stress cause visual disturbances? I have been seeing red and green spots in vision. I also notice small things in the air like dust.

Depakote, Anxiety: I understand your concern. Thank you for informing about Anxiety disorder, and using Depakote. It is likely that your anxiety and visual disturbances are due to Depakote. Depakote is not a medication for Anxiety. Anxiety can cause visual disturbances. See Psychiatrist for Diagnosis, need for Depakote; discuss decreasing and then discontinuing Depakote; using Ativan (lorazepam) or Xanax; Therapy for stress ...Read more

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What kind of visual disturbances do you get from anxiety?

What kind of visual disturbances do you get from anxiety?

Not sure: Hi. Anxiety is a very powerful thing, but i'm not sure what you mean. What do you mean by visual disturbances? Can you give an example? Thanks. ...Read more

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Couldstress cause visual disturbances such as diplopia?

Couldstress cause visual disturbances such as diplopia?

No: Stress could perhaps cause difficulty with focus and might even be associated with blurred vision, but true double vision would be caused by structural or metabolic problems associated with a multitude of causes. ...Read more

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What causes visual disturbances where everything seems to be moving back and forth rapidly?

What causes visual disturbances where everything seems to be moving back and forth rapidly?

Oscillopsia: This condition known as oscillopsia occurs when the eyes are moving rapidly back and forth (nystagmus). It is generally caused by a problem in the inner ear or lower part of the brain (cerebellum and brain stem). ...Read more

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What can cause strange sensations and visual disturbances?

What can cause strange sensations and visual disturbances?

Many things: These are vague symptoms attributable to almost anything underlying. Thus i would recommend seeking medical advice with an eye md for further evaluation and treatment. Good luck! ...Read more

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What could be the cause of the visual disturbances, and what should she do about them?

What could be the cause of the visual disturbances, and what should she do about them?

Vague complaint: "visual disturbances" is a vague ; generalized complaint ; can be caused by so many things you could publish a book about them. I would see your eyecare doctor to take a more thorough history ; have complete exam to try to narrow the cause list. Rx is based on the etiology of the symptoms. ...Read more

Dr. Alan Ali
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Feeling Anxious (Definition)

different subjective and objective symptoms of anxiety. The ones usually first encountered are: rapid heart beats, increased breathing, hypervigilance, and rapid thinking. For a complete list and a thorough understanding of the how's and why's ...Read more


Dr. Oscar Novick
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Visual Disturbances (Definition)

A visual disturbance is simply anything that affects quality and/or quantity of sight. It can be from the eye, brain, etc or a signal of ...Read more