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Are visual hallucinations a schizophrenic symptom also, or only delusions?

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Are visual hallucinations a schizophrenic symptom also, or only delusions?

Visual: Agree. Can also be indicative of organic factors such as brain lesions or induced by substances such as medications or street drugs. ...Read more

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Hearing Voices (Definition)

"hearing voices" in the absence of actual people talking is referred to as an auditory hallucination. There is a large number of potential medical and/or psychological causes for such an experience. In some cases such as during transition from awake to sleeping (or vice versa), this can occur which, in the absence of contributory ...Read more


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Could all people with schizophrenia hallucinate and hear voices?

Could all people with schizophrenia hallucinate and hear voices?

No: There are several different types of schizophrenia. Some individuals may have hallucinations while others may have paranoid delusions (i.e. The fbi is following them). Another type involves thought disorganization in which one's speech and behavior are difficult to understand. This link provides information on all the different types: http://www.Webmd.Com/schizophrenia/guide/schizophrenia-symptom. ...Read more

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Can one be diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic when there are no visual hallucinations or voices?

Can one be diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic when there are no visual hallucinations or voices?

It can happen: Dx(s) can be mistaken. They are mostly determined as met by self-reports. If you are preoccupied by delusions, that can convince a doctor. But, if you want to avoid meds, i'd support your choice. Do have a good therapist working with you closely and regularly. In today's view - meds are 1st choice so you'll be going against the tide and that can be risky. Don't do it alone! good luck! ...Read more

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Is it possible to have schizophrenia if one experiences non-bizarre delusions, but no hallucinations, hearing voices or bizarre delusions?

Is it possible to have schizophrenia if one experiences non-bizarre delusions, but no hallucinations, hearing voices or bizarre delusions?

Complicated, but yes: If someone has non-bizarre delusions and disorganized speech, grossly disorganized or catatonic behavior, or flat affect, alogia, or avolition, schizophrenia may be present. But, this might be the case only if there is significant disturbance in important areas of functioning in day-to-day life (e.g., work, school, relationships, self-care). A professional evaluation can help clarify this. ...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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Do bipolar people experience psychotic symptoms like hearing voices?

Do bipolar people experience psychotic symptoms like hearing voices?

Acronym "BPD": Acronyms can be confusing, as people might use "bpd" to indicate either borderline personality disorder or bipolar disorder. I'll answer about borderline pd -- which can indeed periodically experience psychotic symptoms like hearing voices, paranoia, and delusions. Hallucinations can arise in the context of intense pain such as abandonment depression -- but aren't usually sustained over time. ...Read more

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What are delusions and hallucinations?

What are delusions and hallucinations?

Delusions/Hallucinat: Delusions are false beliefs. Hallucinations are false perceptions. ...Read more

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What are some forms of schizophrenia that don't involve either auditory or visual hallucinations?

What are some forms of schizophrenia that don't involve either auditory or visual hallucinations?

All forms: A person may only have delusions and still have schizophrenia. Delusions are fixed, false beliefs. Paranoid schizophrenia is the most common type and it is when a person believes that people he or she doesn't even know is out to get them. One may believe they are being followed, that the tv is trying to provide a special message just for them or that others can hear their thoughts, for example. ...Read more

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Are visual hallucinations a schizophrenic symptom?

Yes: While for many with schizophrenia, auditory hallucinations (hearing voices) is most common, visual hallucinations are also common and can occur in people with schizophrenia. ...Read more

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I'm wondering are delusions and hallucinations associated with bipolar disorder?

Delusions: Yes. Delusions and hallucinations means psychosis. And yes it often is.Let me reassure you, its a treatable illness and stability in right hands rather an easy job, provided you do your part and your md, his. Gain insight, more you will know, easy it becomes. This illness gives ample warnings of its arrival which you will ignore. Pay attention, and get hold of your md see, , how easy it is ! ...Read more

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Can you tell me are clairvoyance = visual hallucinations and clairaudience = auditory hallucinations?

Hallucinations: Yes, clairvoyance may be visual hallucinations and clairaudience may be auditory hallucinations. Some individuals who happen to be excellent hypnotic subjects are able to experience auditory and visual hallucinations. So autosuggestion can produce the same phenomena. Scientific studies have failed to validate esp. However, that does not prove it doesn't exist. Just no scientific evidence for it. ...Read more

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How is auditory processing disorder different from other hearing loss?

How is auditory processing disorder different from other hearing loss?

Auditory processing: With this disorder, one is able to hear sound, but once it gets to the brain, it is not interpreted correctly. This disorder is very uncommon. In this disorder the ears are just fine. It is a problem within the brain. It requies specialized therapy for treatment. ...Read more

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Can anything specific aid dementia patients in feeling better/handling auditory hallucinations?

Can anything specific aid dementia patients in feeling better/handling auditory hallucinations?

Geriatric issues: It sounds like these issues are best approached by a geriatric psychologist, and a geriatric psychiatrist. Which is to say, you're looking for a psychologist and a psychiatrist both of whom specialize in geriatric issues, like the ones that you have described. State psychology and psychiatric organizations can help you find the best practitioners for these issues. ...Read more

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Is hearing voices a sign of severe psychosis or dementia?

Is hearing voices a sign of severe psychosis or dementia?

See below: Auditory hallucination or hearing voices is a sign of psychosis that accompany mental illness, e.g. Depression, schizophrenia, bipolar. A person might have a psychotic reaction to some of the medication as well. Dementia might be accompanied by psychosis. If this is a new sx, or if you've already experienced that, but this sx is bothersome, please see your doctor asap. ...Read more

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When schizophrenic people have delusions are they considered delusional or schizophrenic?

When schizophrenic people have delusions are they considered delusional or schizophrenic?

Both: "delusional" is a description only, not a diagnosis. Schizophrenia is a disease and diagnostic entity, and delusions are usually a part of it. Not all delusional people are schizophrenic. ...Read more

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What can psychotic or schizophrenic people see when they hallucinate?

See below: People in psychotic state might experience a variety of hallucinations -- visual, auditory, tactile, olfactory. The specific content and details of hallucinations might be different for a different person. ...Read more

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What mental conditions cause delusions and disorganised thoughts?

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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Could hearing voices always means schizophrenia?

Could hearing voices always means schizophrenia?

No : Auditory hallucinations can occur as a result of many conditioned both psychiatric or not. ...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