Delusions And Hallucinations

Delusions and hallucinations occur due to psychiatric illness. Delusions are referred to as false beliefs that the affected person thinks the beliefs as real ones. Hallucinations are based on the senses, such as hearing, seeing, smelling, or feeling things that are not really present. It can be seen in cases of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, psychosis, sleep disorder, and brain lesions. It is treated by taking medications and psychological treatment.

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Do patients with schezophrenia hear actual voices?

Query: Hi doctor,I am living alone. But I always feel that someone or a ghost is around me. I hear voices, but I do not believe in ghosts. These voices make me feel better when I am lonely. Am I normal or do I have schizophrenia?  Read Full »


Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.comThank you for getting help from a psychiatrist. Schizophrenia is not only related to hearing voices while living alone but also delusion. These patients cannot differentiate the virtual and real life and always have suspicious feelings. So you do not have schizophrenia.Thank...  Read Full »

What could cause epilepsy and arachnoid cyst in a 30-year-old?

Query: Hello doctor,My 30 year old brother has an arachnoid cyst displacing his hypoglossal nerve. He has no tongue problems, but he has epilepsy since the last 10 years. If I send over his MRI report, can you tell me what causes his epilepsy? Thank you in advance for your time. Due to his new medicine Epi...  Read Full »


Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and reviewed the attached MRI report. As per the available MRI report, it appears that your brother suffered some ischemic (blood circulation related) damage during his early part of life, especially around his birth. It is possible that the same dam...  Read Full »

Why is my mother, restless, has hallucinations, and a small bump on her head?

Query: Hello doctor, This is on behalf of my mother, aged 82. She does not have sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol and takes food normally. Four years ago, she underwent a major surgery sleeve resection for gist in the stomach. The operation was a success, and the tumor was removed. The postoperative path...  Read Full »


Dr. Ravi M. Soni

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. According to your explanation of the symptoms, it is more like delirium due to some underlying pathology. She is 82 years old, so already, her memory has been weakened due to ageing. I do not know about her cognition and memory. Is she is able to identify and recognize ...  Read Full »

My grandmother suffers from hallucinations. How to manage it?

Query: Hello doctor, My grandma is now 73 years old. She is suffering from hallucination. She sees my grandpa who expired 5 years back. We had consulted a doctor, but he gave only pills. What to do?  Read Full »


Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary

Answer: Hi, Thanks for posting your query at icliniq. The causes of hallucination at age of 73 ranges from functional disorders to organic disorders. The most common causes are: Dementia disorders. Delirium. Late onset psychosis. Dissociative disorders. Depression. Many others. Before she can be helped by ...  Read Full »

I am diagnosed of psychosis NOS. Is there a possibility of withdrawal psychosis when antipsychotics are discontinued?

Query: Hi, I am diagnosed of Psychosis (NOS). The first episode was in 2010 and it lasted for three-four months before I was taken to a psychiatrist. I had been thinking that people are tracking me through email, internet. My mobile phone is tapped and all that. I did not get any auditory or visual halluci...  Read Full »


Dr. Ashish Khandelwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com.First of all I must congratulate you for your efforts regarding the illness. Regarding your query, I do not think it is withdrawal psychosis. Though it occurs rare in patients, yours does not seem to be the case. Your recurrence of symptoms is mainly due to natural course ...  Read Full »

What to do for the sharp stabbing headaches that get worse after exercise?

Query: Hello doctor, I am an 18 year old girl, who weighs 140 lbs and I am 5.7 feet tall. I get sharp stabbing headaches, which get worse after exercise. I also feel a less intense pressure throughout my head. I have this problem from the past four years, and they are getting worse. When I am stressed, I g...  Read Full »


Dr. Chinezu R. Rares

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for the query. The signs you described are non-specific but should be checked. Especially, if headaches are followed with vomiting, you had multiple prescription glasses changed rapidly, loss of smell, and have trouble expressing verbally. There are quite a ...  Read Full »

I can see some shadows near my bed at night. Kindly help.

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 28 year old female. My height is 1.68 m and weight is 82 kg. I see things that other people do not see. Always at night, I see shadows at the end of my bed as someone noticing me. When I look at the shadow, either it will disappear or just walk away. I am not on any medication.  Read Full »


Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and understand your concerns. From the available description, it appears that either you are experiencing visual hallucinations or excessive visual imagery. The first one is never normal and can indicate serious illness related to your mind as well as th...  Read Full »

Will there be hospital delirium after surgery in patients who had dementia?

Query: Hi doctor, I am concerned about drug interaction for my father. He is experiencing hospital delirium after surgery. My concern is he has been taking Cymbalta, Gabapentin, and Tramadol, as well as numerous other medications. I have read about serotonin syndrome as well as other interactions. He has ...  Read Full »


Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and saw the attachments (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). First of all, I like to inform you that serotonin syndrome occurs on the addition of new medication or increasing the dose of a serotonergic medicine. Since he was fine on...  Read Full »

How to help a cannabis addict?

Query: Hi doctor, A patient who is Chars(hashish) addict and suffering from severe anger, aggressiveness is thinking that his mother and sister are against him. Doctor suggested a capsule Co-Depricap (olanzapine-fluoxetine) for him to take once every night. But the patient is not cooperating. He took medi...  Read Full »


Dr. Parth N. Nagda

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. These are symptoms of acute psychosis, which leads to suspiciousness, hallucinations, and delusions. It happens due to a chemical imbalance of certain neurotransmitters in the brain. Levels of dopamine are usually increased, and medicines will help reduce the level a...  Read Full »

What causes an increase in hallucinations in older adults?

Query: Hi doctor, My grandmother is 80 years old. Her hallucination has got increased with time in these past few years. I took her to the doctor. She examined her and told me that she is perfectly healthy in all bodily aspects. She had a mild kidney infection two times and treated it. Her hallucination s...  Read Full »


Dr. Penchilaprasad Kandikattu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Dementia with hallucinations occurs commonly in old age people. Intermittent episodes of delirium increase the future risk of having dementia. Commonly infections, electrolyte imbalance, hormonal imbalance, and drugs or recent surgery causes delirium. Dementia can also ...  Read Full »

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