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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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Hallucinations (Definition)

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


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I suffer from confusional arousals during sleep with occasional hallucinations. Sleep study was normal. What can I do to fix this?

I suffer from confusional arousals during sleep with occasional hallucinations. Sleep study was normal. What can I do to fix this?

Consider an analogy:: Your car engine knocks and misses at certain speeds. Your mechanic can't find anything wrong. What can you do to fix this? How can you "fix this" if you don't know what's broken? Options: 1) Get another test. 2) Get another mechanic. 3) Get another car. Option #3 doesn't apply in medicine; so you need to get another test or get another opinion. No "fixing" till you know what needs fixing. ...Read more

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Occasionally I see spiders when I wake up, falling asleep, or really tired. Could this be hypnagogic hallucinations or am I crazy?

Occasionally I see spiders when I wake up, falling asleep, or really tired. Could this be hypnagogic hallucinations or am I crazy?

Could be: These could be hypnagogic or hypnopompic (waking up) hallucinations although those are more often described as "vivid dreams." What's important is how long this has been happening eg lifelong vs weeks or months & whether it's part of a larger syndrome eg narcolepsy. An exact name or cause may never be found so then the approach is practical: Serious vs benign? Discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more

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Sporadic migraine minor speech+cognitive impairment minor hallucinations like confusion of surroundings, mild paranoia mood swings occasional lethargy?

Sporadic migraine minor speech+cognitive impairment minor hallucinations like confusion of surroundings, mild paranoia mood swings occasional lethargy?

Complex migraine: Migraine auras not only can cause visual issues but also numbness, tingling, and difficulty with speech. The cognitive issues can be entitled "dysphrenia hemicrania transitoria". All may be best treated by a preventative agent. ...Read more

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Does occasionally seeing things that don't exist mean I have a mental disorder?

It depends: Since what has happening to you as 'seeing things that don't exist' may be experienced by you in many different ways, it is important that you share that experience with the professional as psychiatrist or psychologist first. That would be helpful in terms of understanding if that is something you shall worry about or not. Also that would give you a chance to get help in case you need it. ...Read more

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How to remove hallucinations?

How to remove hallucinations?

Consult physician: Consult a psychiatrist (or neurologist) for full evaluation of nature & extent of hallucinations in order to develop a specific treatment plan. Hallucinations may occur with many psychiatric, medical, neurological & substance use conditions and evaluation is necessary to determine specific cause. ...Read more

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What can cause hallucinations?

What can cause hallucinations?

Hypothesis: One theory that could apply to your question is what's known as the dopamine hypothesis. Dopamine is a nerotransmitter which, according to the theory, is in excess. That means there's too much dopamine in the neuroreceptors, and this contributes to hallucinations. ...Read more

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What counts as a hallucination?

Hallucination: This is hearing or seeing something others in the room will not see or hear even if you instruct them to look and listen. This is not the same as an illusion - that involves mistaking something for something else and can be a normal lapse of attention of a leap to a conclusion.
If in doubt find a psychiatrist or psychologist and share the experience, and ask. ...Read more

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How do you get a hallucination?

How do you get a hallucination?

Hypothesis: One theory that could apply to your question is what's known as the dopamine hypothesis. Dopamine is a nerotransmitter which, according to the theory, is in excess. That means there's too much dopamine in the neuroreceptors, and this contributes to hallucinations. ...Read more

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Can ginger cause hallucinations?

Can ginger cause hallucinations?

Never seen it: This seems to be a popular question online, but I've never seen anyone hallucinate from ginger. Doesn't mean it couldn't happen though. ...Read more

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Hallucinations: how to stop them?

Evaluation first: Hallucinations can come from many different causes. Thorough evaluation guides treatment. Some potential issues: drug or alcohol intoxication or withdrawal; medication side effects; metabolic encephalopathy; other toxins; psychotic disorders like schizophrenia, psychotic depression, or bipolar mania; tumors; degenerative disorders, etc. Please see your doctor asap for help with this! ...Read more

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Which drugs cause hallucinations?

Hallucinogens: Abused substances are Psychedelics such as LSD, Dissociatives such as PCP, or Delirients such as Nutmeg. ...Read more

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What is a command hallucination?

What is a command hallucination?

Command halluc.: A condition in which individuals hear and sometimes obey voices that command them to perform certain acts. ...Read more

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Can this drug cause hallucinations?

Can this drug cause hallucinations?

Hallucinations: Some drugs, mostly illicit drugs, can, but I am not sure which drug u r referring to! ...Read more

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Which drugs cause "true hallucinations"?

Hallucinigens abound: The brain is capable of misfiring under many circumstances. .. Some drugs are known for their tendency to induce or bring on hallucinations such as possibly hallucinogenic mushrooms or others. But many drugs can pose a risk depending on the person and circumstance. "True hallucinations" are that persons experience of the misfiring of brain neuro circuits. Best to work to protect one's brain. ...Read more

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Can my drug use be causing hallucinations?

Yes: Depending on the drug you are using, you can have hallucinations (hear and see things that are not experienced by others around you) or paranoia (fear of being watched or persecuted by others) ...Read more

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How long do hallucinations last after tia?

How long do hallucinations last after tia?

TIA: By definition, there are no after effects of a tia. Suggest you be re-evaluated to make certain something wasn't overlooked. Make certain doc knows all meds (prescription & otc) & supplements you take. ...Read more

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Can someone have hallucinations on ecstasy?

Can someone have hallucinations on ecstasy?

Yes to hallucination: Ecstasy (mdma) can cause derealization, depersonalization, visual hallucinations, decreased appetite, dry mouth, tooth grinding & problems concentrating. After- affects include irritability, anxiety, paranoia, depressed mood, fatigue, diarrhea, constibation, apathy, vertigo, lightheadedness & insomnia. Stroke, coma, organ failure & death can also occur. ...Read more

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What is considered a command hallucination?

GET HELP!: Chemical imbalance. A command hallucination is an auditory hallucination that tells you to do something. For instance you can have an auditory hallucination where you believe that people talking. A command hallucination would actually tell you to act. Very serious and is a sign of psychosis like with schizophrenia. Needs immediate attention and medication. See a psychiatrist immediately. ...Read more

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Can you have hallucinations with epiliepsy?

Can you have hallucinations with epiliepsy?

YES: It depends of the area of the brain that is affected.
I had a patient with visual hallucinations that other psychiatrists thought it was a psychotic. ...Read more

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What can I do or take to stop hallucinations?

Depends: There are many causes of hallucinations. First, you should be sure to see a physician and get a proper diagnosis. Once you identify the cause of the hallucinations, you can treat them accordingly. Hallucinations due to psychiatric conditions need to be treated in conjunction with other symptoms. Generally, a group of medications called "anti-psychotics" are used. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have tactile hallucinations?

T. Haluc.: Tactile hallucination is the false perception of tactile sensory input that creates a hallucinatory sensation of physical contact with an imaginary object.[1] This is caused by the faulty integration of the tactile sensory neural signals generated in the spinal chord & the thalamus & sent to the primary & secondary somatosensory cortex. Tactile Hallucination caused by cocaine & alcohol. ...Read more

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How can I stop thinking about hallucinations?

Antipsychotics: You should see a psychiatrist for diagnosis and treatment. Right now there are 20 antipsychotics on the market in the US. One of them should work for you. ...Read more

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What drug gives the most visual hallucinations?

Hmm.....: In good conscience I really cannot give out answers about what psychedelics give the best visuals or not. There are other places on the internet to find such information. I can say by using psychedelics you are risking an unpleasant and perhaps dangerous experience, they are very dependent on the mood of the user, the setting, etc. Meditation is a great way to acheive a healthy altered state. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to help stop hallucinations?

See a doctor.: You should see a psychiatrist for an evaluation and get a medical workup to rule out any physical causes for hallucinations. Also, if you are taking any drugs or meds that could cause them, you need to inform your doctor. If you don't have physical causes, then typical ; atypical antipsychotics can help. They have side effects so discuss the benefits and risks w/ your dr. ...Read more

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Can you have hallucinations on mushrooms in food?

Can you have hallucinations on mushrooms in food?

Not usually: The world of fungi is amazing and complex, but people don't usually put hallucinogenic mushrooms in food. Psilocybin mushrooms and amanita muscaria are two which are known to induce hallucinations -- and which can be poisonous. These are very different from the morels, truffles, and portebellos which safely enhance our spaghetti sauce and other edibles. ...Read more

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What are some drugs that can cause hallucinations?

What are some drugs that can cause hallucinations?

Many: Recreational drugs such as lsd, ecstasy, psilocybin, mescaline, marijuana, and ketamine are some. Also many prescription medications can do this as well: antimuscarinic agents; levodopa; donapezil; antidepressants including ssri's and occasionally bupropion; opiates; proton pump inhibitors; steroids; quinolone antibiotics such as cipro, (ciprofloxacin) etc. Hallucinations happen in alcohol & drug withdrawal too. ...Read more

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How can a person cope with tactile hallucinations?

How can a person cope with tactile hallucinations?

It depends: It depends on the cause. Tactile hallucinations can also be known as formication -- and are common in amphetamine & Cocaine abuse. Also alcohol withdrawal. Can be found in schizophrenia and other delusional disorders as well. Finding and treating the cause is best way to deal with tactile hallucinations. See your primary care physician or a psychiatrist for help. ...Read more