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.
Visual Hallucination. Rare in schizophrenia, where auditory hallucinations are more common. Can be seen more in organic disorders such as brain lesion, epilepsy, migraines, psychedelic drug use, alcoholism, dementia & lesions in the visual fields.
They can be. Schizophrenics tend to suffer auditory hallucinations the most. That being said they can also suffer from a tactile, gustatory, visual, and olfactory hallucinations as well.
Visual hallucination. Visual hallucinations happen in about half of people with schizophrenia. They may be simple like flashes of light, or more complex like images of persons, animals, or objects. They can be either bigger or smaller than true perceptions. Auditory hallucinations are a lot more common, though. These can be voices mumbling, conversing, or commenting -- they sometimes command certain actions.

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

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. Read more...
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...
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. Read more...

Schizophrenic visual hallucinations, is this symptom a sign of the later stages of schizophrenia?

Not necessarily. In schizophrenia, auditory hallucinations are most common. Visual hallucinations can happen early on or later on, or not at all. It varies with each patient. Please discuss this in detail with your treating psychiatrist. Read more...

In what way are schizophrenic visual hallucinations based upon?

Hallucinations. Are probably due to changes in brain functions when someone suffers from schizophrenia. This triggers stimulation in the brain causing visual images that are not really there. Medications help stop these brain malfunctions from happening. This is an oversimplified explanation but i hope it helps you understand this complex phenomenon. Read more...

Do schizophrenics usually have anything bad like hallucinations or visual changes?

Yes. People with the psych disorder of schizophrenia often have hallucinations and delusions when untreated. Visual changes can happen with long term use of anti-psychotic meds and should be followed by an ophthalmologist. Good luck. Read more...

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...