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How can alcohol and illegal drugs cause you to hear things that aren't real?

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Heavy drinking and certain street drugs, like ecstasy and LSD, more often cause you to see things that aren’t there. But they can make you hear things, too, both as you use them and when you quit after you’ve used them a long time.

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,” “Auditory hallucinations in tinnitus patients: Emotional relationships and depression.”

American Journal of Psychiatry: “The Clinical Value of Hallucinations in Localizing Brain Tumors.”

British Tinnitus Association: “Musical Hallucination (Musical Tinnitus).”

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

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

Alzheimer’s Society: “Perception and Hallucinations.”

NCBI Bookshelf, Holland-Frei Cancer Medicine, 6th Edition: “Clinical Presentation.”

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

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

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

American Hearing Research Foundation: “Tinnitus.”

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on August 04, 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,” “Auditory hallucinations in tinnitus patients: Emotional relationships and depression.”

American Journal of Psychiatry: “The Clinical Value of Hallucinations in Localizing Brain Tumors.”

British Tinnitus Association: “Musical Hallucination (Musical Tinnitus).”

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

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

Alzheimer’s Society: “Perception and Hallucinations.”

NCBI Bookshelf, Holland-Frei Cancer Medicine, 6th Edition: “Clinical Presentation.”

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

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

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

American Hearing Research Foundation: “Tinnitus.”

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on August 04, 2017

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