hallucination is a perception of something that is not
really there. It can involve sight, hearing, taste, smell, and/or touch. For
example, you may hear voices that nobody else hears or see something that
nobody else sees.
You probably will know if a person is having a
hallucination. It may scare you, because you can't see why the person is
behaving as he or she is. The person also may be very scared.
Remain calm, and try to help the person:
Approach the person quietly while calling his or
Ask the person to tell you what is happening. Ask whether
he or she is afraid or confused.
Tell the person that he or she is
having a hallucination and that you do not see or hear what he or she does. But
don't argue with the person if he or she can't understand you or doesn't
believe you. The person needs to feel that it's okay to talk to you about his
or her symptoms.
Talk with the person about the experience, and ask
whether there is anything you can do to help.
Suggest that the
person tell the voices to go away. Involving the person in other activities may
Help the person find ways to handle the hallucinations, such
as listening to music or watching TV.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine Donald Sproule, MDCM, CCFP - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerLisa S. Weinstock, MD - Psychiatry Christine R. Maldonado, PhD - Behavioral Health