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Is taking a long time (than normal) to respond to someone else a symptom of hallucinations? I.E. Taking a long time to answer questions, or respond.
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Dr. Michio Abe
Internal Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: No
Taking a long time to respond is not a hallucination.
Hallucinations are sensing things while awake that appear to be real, but instead have been created by the mind, as in hearing things or seeing things that are not real.

In brief: No
Taking a long time to respond is not a hallucination.
Hallucinations are sensing things while awake that appear to be real, but instead have been created by the mind, as in hearing things or seeing things that are not real.
Dr. Michio Abe
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Dr. Steven Reidbord
Actually, taking a long time to answer questions or respond to others is a sign (not symptom) of having hallucinations. The hallucinations themselves are false sensory experiences, but to 3rd parties, the patient appears internally preoccupied and less responsive.
Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes, sometimes
While there are many reasons a person may take longer than usual to respond to someone else, one possible reason is that the person is distracted by hallucinations that are occurring at the same time.
In psychiatry this is called "internal preoccupation". It can result from a primary psychiatric disorder such as schizophrenia, or as a drug effect (e.g., lsd).

In brief: Yes, sometimes
While there are many reasons a person may take longer than usual to respond to someone else, one possible reason is that the person is distracted by hallucinations that are occurring at the same time.
In psychiatry this is called "internal preoccupation". It can result from a primary psychiatric disorder such as schizophrenia, or as a drug effect (e.g., lsd).
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