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What Is Hallucinations
Hallucinations: Hallucinations can be a sign of multiple possible problems including drug intoxication, drug or alcohol withdrawal, some medications, psychotic depression, bipolar disorder, brief psychotic reactions, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, etc. Hallucinations can also come from delirium secondary to other medical illnesses. If you think you're hallucinating, please see a physician asap. ...Read more
Hallucinations: Hallucinations are psychotic processes. Psychosis means the patient is getting external stimuli from the environment through one or more of his or her five senses, that does not objectively exist. In other words there are auditory,visual, olfactory, gustatory, and tactile hallucinations that can be experienced by the patient. Auditory hallucinations, however, are the most common. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sensations that...: ...are not really there. Auditory hallucinations are the most common type, from indistinct whispers to outright command hallucinations by identifiable voices. Visual hallucinations are less common, when things are seen that are not really there such as bugs or tiny people. Visual and tactile are often seen in withdrawal or intoxications. ALL hallucinations demand IMMEDIATE physician evaluation. ...Read more
Hallucinations?: I'm not exactly sure how these hallucinations are happening, and would need to know more about you to answer fully. Some people have brief hallucinations when falling asleep, or have them also when very sleep deprived. If happening at other times too, this really needs attention. To best address your own situation, please go over this with your family physician. ...Read more
What causes hallucinations? When i was younger i closed my eyes id see piles of ants! crawling onto my bed seemed SO REAL, is this 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Variable: The naturally occurring hallucinogen in "magic" mushrooms (not the kind you put on your pizza) is psilocybin. The effects vary depending on mindset and environment. These can be frightening and paranoia-inducing, or what some call transcendent. The hallucinations themselves are usually visual, multicolored geometric shapes and vivid imaginative scenes & sequences. ...Read more
Be careful: Command hallucinations are often seen in serious psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia. They can be very dangerous if directing one to do harmful things to self or others. If you are having these, please see your physician and/or a psychiatrist for an evaluation asap. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is the hallucinations are just auditory? If it's left untreated is there a big possibility that the disease will be worsened?
None usually: Pure ether has not been used in anesthesia in the U.S. For many years. The newer anesthetic gases such as sevoflurane and Desflurane have been chemically modified to make them safer. When you have general anesthesia today, an intravenous medication such as Propofol usually makes you go to sleep, and breathing gas keeps you asleep. No hallucinations are usually experienced. ...Read more
Hypnogogic : Hypnogogic hallucinations are visual, tactile, auditory, or other sensory events -- usually brief but occasionally prolonged -- that occur at the transition from wakefulness to sleep. They can come with the syndrome of narcolepsy, but they don't have to. Narcolepsy is a sleep disorder consisting of the above, along with daytime sleepiness, cataplexy (suddenly going limp), and sleep paralysis. ...Read more
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