About Hallucinations

When investigating a haunting there are several questions that you need to ask the people that are involved and sometimes the questions get quite personal, but they are necessary, and one of them is, “Does anybody have any mental disorders in your family or does any member of your family have a history of mental disorders?

There are several types of hallucinations that a wide variety of people experience, such as, audible, site, smell, taste and feeling.

If you’re like most people, you think of hallucinations as somebody seeing things that aren’t there, but there is a lot more to it than just that. One of the most common types of hallucinations is visual hallucinations. When somebody actually thinks that they see someone or something there that truly isn’t, but in their mind they are real.

Hallucinations can also be audible such as hearing voices. Doctors refer to this type of hallucination as auditory hallucinations. Quite often, these types of hallucinations appear to be people talking to each other, or directly talking to you.

There are other hallucinations that include smelling, taste, and feeling. Hallucinations that involve smelling are referred to by doctors as olfactory hallucinations. This is where someone thinks that something they are eating or drinking has an odd taste or older to it. Hallucinations which involve taste are referred to as gustatory hallucinations. It is quite similar to olfactory hallucinations. It’s when you are eating or drinking something and you think it has a strange taste to it. I.e. you might be drinking coffee and think it tastes more like ice tea. Last but not least, feeling things; physicians refer to this type of a hallucination as tactile hallucinations. For example, you might have a sensation of insects crawling on your skin or even under your skin. Some people have also experienced the feeling of being tickled.

    Common Causes

  • Schizophrenia: More than 70% of the populations with this illness have visual hallucinations, and 60%-90% of them here voices. But some of them may also experience hallucinations involving smell or taste at the same time.
  • Parkinson’s disease: up to half of these people who have Parkinson’s disease sometimes see things that aren’t there.
  • Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia: these types of diseases cause changes in the brain that can bring on hallucinations. It is most common when the disease is in the advanced stage.
A Look into Auditory Hallucinations
Explaining Visual Hallucinations
Auditory Hallucinations - What I hear as A Schizophrenic
Psychology project: Visual Hallucinations