A false sensory perception in the absence of an external stimulus, as distinct from an illusion which is a misperception of an external stimulus.

Symptoms of Hallucinations

The following features are indicative of Hallucinations:
  • hearing sounds
  • feeling sensations in the body
  • smelling an odor
  • seeing patterns that are not there

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Common Causes of Hallucinations

The following are the most common causes of Hallucinations:
  • delirium
  • epilepsy
  • narcolepsy
  • fever
  • schizophrenia
  • blindness
  • deafness
  • liver failure
  • kidney failure
  • brain cancer

Risk Factors for Hallucinations

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Hallucinations:
  • old age
  • family history
  • malnutrition
  • exposure to toxins

Prevention of Hallucinations

No, it is not possible to prevent Hallucinations.
  • abnormal brain chemistry
  • environmental factors

Occurrence of Hallucinations

Number of Cases

The following are the number of Hallucinations cases seen each year worldwide:
  • Very common > 10 Million cases

Common Age Group

Hallucinations can occur at any age.

Common Gender

Hallucinations can occur in any gender.

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Hallucinations

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Hallucinations:
  • Electroencephalography: To record electrical activity of the brain
  • Magnetic resonance imaging: To get detailed images of the brain

Doctor for Diagnosis of Hallucinations

Patients should visit the following specialists if they have symptoms of Hallucinations:
  • Psychiatrist

Complications of Hallucinations if untreated

Yes, Hallucinations causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Hallucinations is left untreated:
  • self injury
  • depression
  • inability to work
  • aggressive behavior
  • anxiety disorders

Alternative Medicine for Treatment of Hallucinations

The following alternate medicine and therapies are known to help in the treatment or management of Hallucinations:
  • Psychotherapy: Helps to normalize thought patterns

Patient Support for Treatment of Hallucinations

The following actions may help Hallucinations patients:
  • Family support: Provides support and education to patient

Time for Treatment of Hallucinations

While time-period of treatment for each patient may vary, below is the typical time-period for Hallucinations to resolve if treated properly under an expert supervision:
  • More than 1 year

Last updated date

This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
This page provides information for Hallucinations.

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