What are hallucinations?

Hallucinations occur when you see, hear, or feel something that you believe is real, but that does not actually exist.

Causes of hallucination

The causes of hallucinations vary greatly. Hallucinations can be caused the effects of drugs or alcohol, dementia, epilepsy, fever, narcolepsy, mental disorders (schizophrenia and psychotic episodes) and severe illness (liver or kidney failure, HIV/AIDS and brain cancer).

Symptoms of hallucination

Common hallucinations include feeling sensations on your skin, hearing sounds, hearing voices when no one has spoken, and seeing lights/objects/people who are not actually present.


Treatment of hallucination

If you begin to hallucinate, you should see a health care provider immediately. Many conditions that can cause hallucinations may quickly become emergencies. Your provider will do a physical examination and take your medical history. Treatment options include antipsychotic medications and counseling with a mental health professional. When hallucinations result from other disorders, treating those illnesses can reduce or eliminate the hallucinations.

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