If you notice that you’re having thoughts that are not in your mind, it may be because you’re touching your face or have inadvertently touched someone else’s hand. You may think you’re imagining your thoughts, but you’re actually having them.
Touching your face, especially your forehead, face, or ears, may cause a hallucination. Touching your face or a loved one’s face may cause a hallucination. Touching your hands and nails may cause hallucinations.
You may also have a hallucination if you touch your fingernails or have nails that are too short.
You may experience hallucinations if you touch a hot object or if you touch something that’s very hot or very cold.
You may experience hallucinations if you touch the edges of your bed or if you have a hallucination while falling asleep.
You may also experience hallucinations if you’re touched or touched your loved one’s face.
When does this happen?
If you’re experiencing hallucinations, you may have these types of thoughts. They may be thoughts you’re not having. It’s also possible that you’re having thoughts that aren’t hallucinations.
If you have a hallucination, you may also experience:
- Feelings of fear, happiness, or sadness
- Feelings of anxiety
- Thoughts of violence
- Fear of going to sleep
- Thoughts of death
- Thoughts of being trapped or in pain
If you’re having a hallucination, you may not be aware you’re having it. You may not know that you’re experiencing an hallucination.
Can you stop a hallucination?
It’s possible to stop a hallucination. If you’re having a hallucination, it’s up to you to stop it.
You may not be able to stop a hallucination if you’re:
- Struggling with mental health issues
- Having a mental health issue that’s caused by substance use
- Being in a state of psychosis
- Being in a state of delirium
- Under age 18
If you’re not sure what’s going on, you may want to seek help.
How can you stop a hallucination?
If you’re having a hallucination, you may be unable to stop it. However, there are a few things you can do.
If you’re having a hallucination, you may be experiencing a hallucination that’s caused by:
- A medical condition
- A physical illness
- A drug or substance use issue
You may be able to stop a hallucination by:
- Not thinking about the hallucination.
- Not paying attention to the surroundings.
- Not noticing the thoughts, feelings, or sensations that are causing the hallucination.
- Not focusing on the thoughts, feelings, or sensations as they occur.
- Not feeling anything.
What is a hallucination?
A hallucination is an experience that’s not real. It’s a distortion or an imagined experience that causes you to think or feel as though you’re experiencing something that’s not real.
There are many different types of hallucinations. You may have hallucinations due to:
- Mental illness.
- Physical illness.
- Substance use.
What can you do if you’re having a hallucination?
If you’re having an hallucination, you may not know what’s happening. It’s up to you to determine what’s real and what’s not.
If you’re hallucinating, you may be:
- Not being aware that you’re hallucinating.
- Not aware that you’re hallucinating, but the hallucination is affecting your behavior or your ability to think.
- Hearing voices.
- Hearing random thoughts.
- Seeing things that aren’t there.
If you’re experiencing a hallucination, you may:
- See objects that aren’t there.
- Feel pain.
- Feel like you’re trapped if you’re hallucinating.
- Feel like you’re in an emergency situation if you’re hallucinating.
You may also experience:
- Visions of the future.
- Hearing conversations.
- Feeling like you’re in a dream.
What is a delusion?
Delusions are false beliefs that aren’t based on reality. Delusions may result in hallucinations.
It’s possible to have a delusion that’s not harmful. However, it’s considered a mental health issue. Delusions may also cause:
You may experience delusions if you:
- Believe that someone is trying to harm you.
- Believe that you’re a victim.
- Believe that you’re being controlled by someone else.
If you’re experiencing a delusion, you may:
- Feel confused.
- Feel like you’re trapped.
- Believe you’re in danger.
- Believe that you’re being watched.
- Believe you’re a burden to others.
If you think you’re experiencing a delusion, you may:
- Feel disoriented.
- Not be able to focus on what’s going on.
- Feel like you’re in a dream.
When do you need to see a doctor?
If you’re experiencing hallucinations or delusions, you need to see a doctor. You may not be having a hallucination or delusion, but you could be experiencing a mental health issue.
Your doctor will:
- Ask you questions about your hallucinations or delusions.
- Ask you questions about your personal and family medical history.
- Ask you questions about your mental health and substance use.
- Perform a physical examination.
- Order any tests or scans that your doctor thinks may be necessary.
- Offer treatment if they think it’s needed.
What is schizophrenia?
Schizophrenia is a mental health disorder that causes a person to experience hallucinations and delusions.
Schizophrenia is a chronic mental health condition. It may cause the person to experience hallucinations and delusions for many years.
If you have schizophrenia, you may experience:
- Hallucinations or delusions.
- Disorganized thoughts.
- Hallucinations that are specific.
Your doctor may also:
- Diagnose schizophrenia.
- Prescribe medications to help control the condition.
- Refer you to a psychiatrist or other mental health professional.
You may be experiencing a delusion or hallucination due to a mental illness, such as schizophrenia.
What is dementia?
Dementia is a mental health issue that’s caused by a disease or a disorder of the brain. Your doctor may diagnose you with dementia if you have:
- Memory loss.
- Difficulty with reasoning or problem solving.
- Mood changes.
You may be experiencing a mental health issue that’s caused by dementia.
What do you need to know about delirium?
Delirium is a mental health issue that causes:
- Extreme confusion.
- Delirium that’s severe and may be dangerous.
You may be experiencing delirium if you:
- Believe that you’re in an emergency situation.
- Feel that you’re injured.
- Have hallucinations or delusions.
- Have trouble concentrating.
- Have trouble sleeping.
You may also be experiencing delirium if you:
- Have a fever.
- Appear to be confused.
- Have severe stomach pain.
- Report feeling overwhelmed.
- Are unresponsive or confused.
What is an auditory hallucination?
Auditory hallucinations are hallucinations that occur when you hear voices.
Auditory hallucinations are commonly experienced in people who have:
- Alzheimer’s disease.
- Parkinson’s disease.
- Bipolar disorder.
- Drug use.
- Alcohol use.
- Other mental health conditions.
- A head injury.
- A stroke.
- A brain tumor.
What is a visual hallucination?
Visual hallucinations occur when you see things that aren’t there.
Visual hallucinations are commonly experienced in people who have:
- Head injury.
- Drug use, especially alcohol.
- Drug use, especially marijuana.
There’s a difference between hallucinations and delusions. Delusions can be false beliefs that aren’t based on reality. Delusions can also cause hallucinations and delusions.
What are the symptoms of delirium?
The symptoms of delirium may include:
- Confusion that’s severe.
- Feeling disoriented.
Your symptoms may be different than the symptoms of schizophrenia.
How is delirium diagnosed?
Your doctor will ask you questions about your symptoms and your medical history. They’ll also perform a physical examination.
They may order tests, such as:
- Blood tests.
- Urine tests.
- Electrolytes test.
- Liver function test.
- Vitamin B12 test.
- Vitamin D test.
Your doctor may also order imaging tests, such as:
- CT scan.
- MRI angiography.
- Chest X-ray.
- Sputum culture.
- Blood pressure monitor.
- Electroencephalogram (EEG).
How is delirium treated?
Delirium is treated with medications. Your doctor will determine the best treatment based on:
- How severe your symptoms are.
- Your overall health.
- Your age.
- The medications you’re taking.
- Your other medical conditions.
Some medications, such as benzodiazepines, may be used to treat delirium. Benzodiazepines are sedatives.
Your doctor may also use:
- Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT).
- Antipsychotic medications.
What’s the long-term outlook?
Delirium is a common condition that requires treatment. Delirium is treatable with medications and lifestyle changes.
Delirium may be a sign of a more serious mental health issue. Your doctor will monitor your symptoms and determine the cause of your symptoms.
Getting treatment can help you manage your symptoms and prevent complications.
Things to keep in mind
Delirium is a common condition. You may not experience it at all times. In fact, some people who have no symptoms never experience it.
It’s important to visit your doctor if you’re concerned about delirium. You may not experience symptoms for years or even decades.
If you have hallucinations or delusions, it’s important to get treatment. Delirium can have severe consequences.
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