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What are visual hallucinations?

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When you’re sure you’ve seen something, then realize it’s not actually there, it can jolt you. It’s called a visual hallucination, and it can seem like your mind is playing tricks on you.

Beyond being scary or stressful, it’s also usually a sign that something else is going on. So if it’s happening to you, talk to your doctor. That’s the first step toward getting better.

SOURCES:

U.S. National Library of Medicine: “Visual Hallucinations: Differential Diagnosis and Treatment,” “Hallucinations as a trauma-based memory: implications for psychological interventions,” “Hallucinations: Clinical aspects and management,” “Hypothyroidism Presenting as Psychosis: Myxedema Madness Revisited.”

NHS: “Hallucinations and hearing voices,” “Schizophrenia.”

Alzheimer’s Association: “Hallucinations and Alzheimer’s.”

Mayo Clinic: “Delirium,” “Video: Migraine Aura.”

Medscape: “Temporal Lobe Epilepsy Clinical Presentation,” “Myxedema Coma or Crisis.”

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: “Hearing Voices and Seeing Things.”

New Zealand Ministry of Health: “Fever in Children.”

University of Florida, Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration: “Parkinson’s Treatment Tips on Psychosis and Hallucinations.”

American Academy of Ophthalmology: “Medication-Related Visual Hallucinations: What You Need to Know.”

National Brain Tumor Society: “Treatment Options.”

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on August 4, 2017

SOURCES:

U.S. National Library of Medicine: “Visual Hallucinations: Differential Diagnosis and Treatment,” “Hallucinations as a trauma-based memory: implications for psychological interventions,” “Hallucinations: Clinical aspects and management,” “Hypothyroidism Presenting as Psychosis: Myxedema Madness Revisited.”

NHS: “Hallucinations and hearing voices,” “Schizophrenia.”

Alzheimer’s Association: “Hallucinations and Alzheimer’s.”

Mayo Clinic: “Delirium,” “Video: Migraine Aura.”

Medscape: “Temporal Lobe Epilepsy Clinical Presentation,” “Myxedema Coma or Crisis.”

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: “Hearing Voices and Seeing Things.”

New Zealand Ministry of Health: “Fever in Children.”

University of Florida, Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration: “Parkinson’s Treatment Tips on Psychosis and Hallucinations.”

American Academy of Ophthalmology: “Medication-Related Visual Hallucinations: What You Need to Know.”

National Brain Tumor Society: “Treatment Options.”

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on August 4, 2017

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