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Psychiatric Hallucinations

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What are psychiatric hallucinations?

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.

What are the types of hallucinations?

How is the cause of psychiatric hallucinations diagnosed?

The person's healthcare provider will look for signs of psychosis (false beliefs). Psychosis means the person may not be able to know what is real. The person may need blood or urine tests, x-rays, or other tests to check for medical problems that can cause hallucinations.

How are psychiatric hallucinations treated?

Treatment options

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

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When should I seek immediate care?

When should I contact the person's healthcare provider?

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