Hallucinations!! Are you at Risk?

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Hallucinations are physically absent perceptions of things. Not only does it associate with the sight but sometimes it also is related to smelling or touching nonexistent things.

Hallucinations can touch any sensory modality like visual, auditory, olfactory, and gustatory and there’s more to it. Depending on the sensory mode that it vibrates with, the responses are bracketed. The treatment is channeled accordingly. First, let us be vigilant about its symptoms:

Seeing something which doesn’t exist:

This is the most commonly spoken symptom about hallucination. Also called “visual hallucination”. Sometimes, you not only see things in a particular form but also in patches or spots of light. A rare type of seizure appears that is known to show brightly colored spots.

Hearing voices:

The title itself is self-explanatory. It is also termed as “auditory hallucination.” You hear voices coming from your inner side or from the surroundings.

Smelling Things:

Scientific term- “olfactory hallucination.” You smell things from your own body or around you when they actually are not present.

Tactile Hallucination:

This is connected with the “feel” perception. You might feel tickled, you might feel the crawling of an insect or blasts of air around your face when actually there is nothing as such. But these are caused due to some reasons. A normal human being doesn’t not feel any such symptoms.

Let’s study the causes too:

Schizophrenia:

More than 70% of the people with this disease visualize things and 60-90% hear voices.

Parkinson’s disease:

50% of the people sometimes see things that actually donot exist.

Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia:

These contribute towards hallucinations.

Migraine:

Certain people dealing with this disease go through this typical visions.

Epilepsy:

Sometimes epilepsy also leads to these strange sights and visions.

Treatment:

It includes medications, sometimes sessions with the therapist also help to resolve such issues.