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What is visual hallucination?

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Visual hallucination is when you see things that aren't there. For example, you might see insects crawling on your hand or on the face of someone you know.

Sometimes they look like flashes of light. A rare type of seizure called "occipital" may cause you to see brightly colored spots or shapes.

SOURCES:

Teeple, R. The Primary Care Companion to the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 2009.

Ali, S. Current Psychiatry, November 2011.

National Institute of Mental Health: "Schizophrenia."

Alzheimer's Association: "Hallucinations and Alzheimer's."

Capampangan, D. Annals of Emergency Medicine, October 2010.

Kathirvel, N. Progress in Neurology and Psychiatry, January/February 2013.

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on July 13, 2019

SOURCES:

Teeple, R. The Primary Care Companion to the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 2009.

Ali, S. Current Psychiatry, November 2011.

National Institute of Mental Health: "Schizophrenia."

Alzheimer's Association: "Hallucinations and Alzheimer's."

Capampangan, D. Annals of Emergency Medicine, October 2010.

Kathirvel, N. Progress in Neurology and Psychiatry, January/February 2013.

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on July 13, 2019

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