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Are visual hallucinations a schizophrenic symptom also, or only delusions?
4 doctors weighed in

Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree
In brief: Visual
Agree. Can also be indicative of organic factors such as brain lesions or induced by substances such as medications or street drugs.

In brief: Visual
Agree. Can also be indicative of organic factors such as brain lesions or induced by substances such as medications or street drugs.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali
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Dr. Maureen Nash
Psychiatry - Geriatric
1 doctor agrees
In brief: More complex
Visual hallucinations are common in many illnesses most notably delirium.
But they can be found as a symptom in many illnesses. Delusions are common in some but not all forms of schizophrenia. Delusions can also be seen in a number of other illnesses. Delusions and hallucinations are symptoms not disease entities.

In brief: More complex
Visual hallucinations are common in many illnesses most notably delirium.
But they can be found as a symptom in many illnesses. Delusions are common in some but not all forms of schizophrenia. Delusions can also be seen in a number of other illnesses. Delusions and hallucinations are symptoms not disease entities.
Dr. Maureen Nash
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Dr. Adam Lewis
Excellent answer
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Schizophrenic
Auditory, visual, somatic (tactile), smell, and gustatory (taste) hallucinations can all be present in schizophrenia -- but visual hallucinations can also come w/drug use & other organic pathology.
You're right that delusions are important in schizophrenia: being persecuted; being referred to specially; being controlled; having one's mind read; thoughts put in or taken out of one's head, etc.

In brief: Schizophrenic
Auditory, visual, somatic (tactile), smell, and gustatory (taste) hallucinations can all be present in schizophrenia -- but visual hallucinations can also come w/drug use & other organic pathology.
You're right that delusions are important in schizophrenia: being persecuted; being referred to specially; being controlled; having one's mind read; thoughts put in or taken out of one's head, etc.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
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