Hallucinations are sensory experiences triggered without the involvement of corresponding sensory organs, simply put, seeing or experiencing things that are not there. People diagnosed with hallucinations often perceive the existence of a nonexistent event or object. Individuals experiencing hallucinations may consider them as reality. Hallucinations are often misinterpreted as illusions, and it is a subtle yet essential difference. Illusions are just the misinterpretation of actual objects. Hallucinations are perceptions in the absence of an external stimulus.
Some psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder can cause hallucinations. Some physical and psychological conditions can also cause hallucinations, including:
- Brain trauma
- Charles Bonnet Syndrome
- Delusional disorder
- Drug-Induced psychosis
- Alcohol or drug use or withdrawal
- Auditory nerve disease
- Dissociative identity disorder (DID)
- Hallucinogen use
- Metabolic conditions
- Middle or inner ear diseases
Symptoms related to hallucinations can vary from individual to individual based on factors, including the underlying cause and genetics. Some common symptoms reported in individuals experiencing hallucinations are:
- Hearing sounds or noises (such as footsteps, screams) that no one else can hear.
- Feelings of something crawling on your skin.
- Individuals experiencing hallucinations may also hear voices in their heads instructing them to harm themselves or others.
- Seeing nonexistent objects and patterns.
How EG Healthcare can help
Our mental health treatment specialists team will work with you to create a custom treatment plan to address your specific needs. We treat each individual differently and always keep an eye out for particular patterns of hallucination symptoms. Our team of mental health professionals builds relationships with individuals experiencing hallucinations based on empathy and trust.
There is no single treatment available for hallucinations; this is where our hallucination specialists look for specific indicators and the possible underlying causes to sort the most effective treatment plan.
Hallucination treatment specialists at EG Healthcare strive to offer a comfortable and stable environment to help you regain control over your emotional and physical health. Our mental health-being team is committed to educating and providing constant care and attention throughout the treatment.
We provide both medical and mental support for patients with hallucinations, in addition to medical care; you will get the following support for an efficient recovery:
- Educating you about the different symptoms, underlying causes, and management strategies of hallucinations
- Support for dealing with triggers such as anxiety, stress, or other emotional factors
- Promoting self-care activities and engagement for the family members taking care of the individual diagnosed with hallucination
- Psychotherapy sessions to help individuals normalize with situations
Frequently asked questions:
How do you know if you are hallucinating?
Hallucinations are sensations that seem real but are not and may include hearing voices, seeing things that other people do not see, or even feeling as if insects are crawling on your skin.
What types of hallucinations are there?
- Visual Seeing objects or things that others do not
- Auditory Hearing voices, noises, or other sounds
- Tactile False sensation of touch or movement on the skin or inside of the body.
Less frequently, there are gustatory (involving taste) and olfactory (involving smell).
Are hallucinations a mental illness?
A hallucination is not a mental illness but it is a symptom that occurs most frequently in people with mental illness.