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Psychiatric Hallucinations

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

Hallucinations are things a person sees, hears, feels, tastes, or smells that seem real but are not. Psychiatric hallucinations are caused by a mental condition such as schizophrenia. As hallucinations worsen, the person may have mood swings or depression. He may develop rapid speech or trouble speaking clearly. His thoughts may ramble, or he may be restless. He may not know where he is or people who should be familiar to him.

DISCHARGE INSTRUCTIONS:

Call 911 for any of the following:

  • The person says he wants to harm himself or someone else.
  • The person seems to hear or says he hears voices telling to harm himself or someone else.
  • The person has a seizure.

Return to the emergency department if:

  • The person is confused, does not know where he is, or is not making sense when he speaks.
  • The person's hallucinations worsen or return after treatment.
  • The person vomits several times in a row.
  • The person's heartbeat or breathing is faster or slower than usual.
  • The person has trouble breathing or shortness of breath.

Contact the person's healthcare provider if:

  • The person has new hallucinations.
  • You have questions or concerns about the person's condition or care.

Medicines:

  • Medicines may be given to stop the hallucinations, reduce anxiety, or relax the person's muscles.
  • Take your medicine as directed. Call your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Follow up with the person's healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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