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Psychiatric Hallucinations

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 6, 2023.

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 or she may develop rapid speech or trouble speaking clearly. The person's thoughts may ramble, or he or she may be restless. The person may not know where he or she is or people who should be familiar to him or her.


Call 911 for any of the following:

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

Seek care immediately if:

  • The person is confused, does not know where he or she is, or is not making sense when he or she 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.

Treatment options

The following list of medications are in some way related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

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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 may be given to stop the hallucinations, reduce anxiety, or relax the person's muscles.
  • Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell your provider 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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