Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Visual hallucinations - A symptom of Paranoid Schizophrenia.


One of the scariest aspects of having Paranoid Schizophrenia can be hallucinations. I've suffered both auditory and visual hallucinations in the past. My visual hallucinations are rare, thankfully. Although I'm constantly reminded that my visual hallucinations can manifest themselves at anytime, due to stress, or when my medication isn't working well. For instance, this morning when I walked out my front door I saw what looked like a large bug (See above photo). It startled me and I shut my eyes, in hopes it would disappear. Of course, it turned out only to be a small branch, from a near bye tree. I can laugh about it a little, but not really. You see, I often see things in my peripheral vision. At certain times, a shadow on the wall can turn into something that's definitely scary. I have a fear of bugs and spiders, and when my illness gets the best of me, those shadows on my peripheral come alive. They turn into bugs and spiders that not only scare me, but can actually bite. I know they aren't real but at the time, when my illness gets the best of me, I can't distinguish the hallucinations from reality. I'm very fortunate that I rarely have these types of hallucinations. Most of my hallucinations are auditory, in nature. Nonetheless, hallucinations of any kind can be truly frightening.








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