Before the era of selfies, we needed a negative to capture a picture and then make a visit a photo studio to get the actual photographs. If one were to see the negative, the picture would appear not only distorted but also ghost-like. During a hallucination, such is the condition of the mind. It is a profound distortion in a person's perception of reality, typically accompanied by a powerful sense of reality. Hallucination may be a multi-sensory experience in which a person can see, hear, smell, taste, or feel something that is not there, things that don't exist outside their mind.
Hallucinations can occur in any of the following sensory modalities:
Now you see me. Or not.
There are many reasons that may cause hallucinations:
If you experience a person around you seemingly suffering from hallucination, how would you identify it happening and what would you do to help? A person who begins to hallucinate and is detached from reality should get checked by a health care professional right away. Many medical and psychiatric conditions that can cause hallucinations may quickly become emergencies. A person who begins to hallucinate may become nervous, paranoid, and frightened, and should not be left alone. If someone appears to be hallucinating and is unable to tell hallucinations from reality, call your health care provider, take him to the emergency room, or call the local emergency number.
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