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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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Dr. Alan Ali
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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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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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How can I tell if i'm having delusions or hallucinations?

How can I tell if i'm having delusions or hallucinations?

Reality check: Delusions & hallucinations are considered "psychotic" symptoms. They represent impaired contact with reality. One way to check on your contact with reality is to take actions to be objective. This means that you could evaluate your beliefs and confirm your perceptions by asking trusted others if they agree with you. If your beliefs and perceptions are clearly false they'll say so. Get consensus. ...Read more

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What is the difference between an hallucination and delusions?

Good question: A hallucination is a perception (seeing, hearing, feeling, even smelling) of something that is not actually present. A delusion is a belief in something that is not true despite being presented with logically undeniable evidence to the contrary. However, a belief that is very commonly held in a given culture is not considered to be a delusion even if it otherwise meets the definition. ...Read more

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What is the difference between delusion, illusion, and hallucination?

What is the difference between delusion, illusion, and hallucination?

Examples: 1. Watching a tv show but tv is off = hallucination. 2. Watching a tv show and believing it is about you when it is not = delusion. 3. Watching tv and incorrectly believing that a character on the show is a relative = illusion. ...Read more

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Hallucinations, delusions and feeling like I'm possessed, what could it be?

Hallucinations, delusions and feeling like I'm possessed, what could it be?

Schizophrenia: could be one of several psychotic disorder but most likely schizophrenia - unless you are actively abusing drugs. what you are describing is a psychiatric emergency and you should be evaluated as soon as possible. http://newyorkcity.ny.networkofcare.org/mh/services/subcategory.aspx?tax=rp-1500.6750 ...Read more

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I have delusions and hallucinations, but no sign of stroke, what is this?

Not usually: Stroke in the back of the brain can present with visual hallucinations or even blindness. However, most stroke patients (88% in one study) present with asymmetric facial weakness, arm weakness and or speech difficulty. Delusions and hallucinations are clearly not normal - see a primary care provider as soon as possible to find out what is causing these symptoms. ...Read more

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What causes constant feeling of dread and if constant can it cause hallucination/delusions?

What causes constant feeling of dread and if constant can it cause hallucination/delusions?

Therapy?: Have you yet tried any form of psychotherapy? Typically, the optimal combination of things to treat emotional issues such as symptoms you describe is medication (which, on your best day, is supposed to take the edge off symptoms) but the real gruntwork takes place in psychotherapist's consulting room. ...Read more

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A question was posed, about thyroid levels possibly causing hallucinations and or delusions.. Where can I find more info on that?

Thyroid storm: An extreme form of hyperthyroidism called "thyroid storm" can be associated with hallucinations and delusions. People with this are extremely sick, with many manifestations of extreme hyperthyroidism including fever, very high heart rate and blood pressure, agitation, weight loss. It is very rare. ...Read more

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I 'm having hallucinations and delusions recently both vision and hearing. But the point is i know i'm having them after the incidents. Am i crazy?

I 'm having hallucinations and delusions recently both vision and hearing. But the point is i know i'm having them after the incidents. Am i crazy?

See a doctor: You should see a medical doctor first, and you may also need a psychiatrist. Start with a regular doc, to make sure that you don't have a medical issue that is causing this. ...Read more