A 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 with schizophrenia 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.
Ask whether he or she is afraid or confused.
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.
Ask whether there is anything you can do to help.
Involving the person in other activities may help.
This can include listening to music or watching TV.
Current as of:
February 9, 2022
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Kathleen Romito MD - Family MedicineChristine R. Maldonado PhD - Behavioral Health
Current as of: February 9, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Christine R. Maldonado PhD - Behavioral Health
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