Hallucinations are where someone sees, hears, smells, tastes or feels things that don't exist outside their mind.
Hallucinations are sensations that appear to be real but are created within the mind.
- Seeing things that are not there,
- Hearing voices or other sounds,
- Experiencing body sensations like crawling feelings on the skin,
Hallucinations can be frightening, but there's usually an identifiable cause.
- Hallucinations can be a feature of psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia
- They are also very common in drug-induced states and in drug withdrawal.
- People who are seriously ill, such as those with liver failure or kidney failure, can experience hallucinations.
- High fevers can also produce hallucinations in some people
Hallucinations can accompany other psychotic symptoms such as delusions and disconnection from reality.
They can be temporary or persist over the long term, depending upon the exact type of hallucinations and their cause.