Hallucinations are where someone sees, hears, smells, tastes or feels things that don't exist outside their mind.
They're common in people with Schizophrenia , and are usually experienced as hearing voices.
Hallucinationscan befrightening, but there's usually an identifiable cause. For example, they can occuras a result of:
See your GP straight away if you're experiencing hallucinations and you're worried about them.
Hallucinations can make you feel nervous, paranoid and frightened, soit's important to be with someone you can trust.
The following information explains the typical types of hallucinations, including why they occur and what you can do. It covers:
Hallucinations can also occur as a result of extreme tiredness or recent bereavement . However, these and otherrarer causes aren't covered here.
Read about hallucinations, including the possible causes and practical advice about what to do if you experience them.
Hearing voices in the mind is the most common type of hallucination in people with mental health conditions such as schizophrenia. The voices can be critical, complimentary or neutral, and may make po
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Hallucinations can sometimes occur in children who are ill with a fever. Call your GP if your child is unwell with a body temperature of over 37.5C (99.5F) and you think they're hallucinating. In the