What Are Hallucinations? The word "hallucination" comes from Latin and means "to wander mentally." Hallucinations can involve hearing, seeing, feeling, smelling and even tasting things that are not real. However, auditory hallucinations (hearing voices or other sounds that have no physical source) are the most common type. Hallucinations are most often associated with the mental illness schizophrenia.
Common causes of hallucinations include drugs (prescription or recreational),stress, sleep deprivation and/or exhaustion, editation and/or sensory deprivation, electrical or neurochemical activity in the brain, mental illness and or brain damage or disease. If a person is having more than one episode, it is recommended that this person should seek evaluation. A general physician, psychologist, or psychiatrist will try to rule out possible organic, environmental, or psychological causes through a detailed medical examination and social history. If a psychological cause such as schizophrenia is suspected, a psychologist will typically conduct an interview with the patient and his family and administer one of several clinical inventories, or tests, to evaluate the mental status of the patient. It is not uncommon for   people who are in good mental health to have hallucinations, also.
Hallucinations that are rare or   infrequent usually are accounted for by short-term environmental factors such as sleep deprivation or meditation and no treatment may be necessary. Under other circumstances if the   hallucinations are interfering with an individual's ability to function, a general physician, psychologist, or psychiatrist should be consulted so that there may be a recommend a treatment plan. In some cased it may not be hallucinations at all but   delusions. Chronic cases of hallucinations and delusions typify psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia and other delusional disorders. It is important to be precise about this symptom of true hallucinations and not from other...