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Any recommendations as to how to outright end hallucinations

Postby OhItsThatGuyAgain » Fri Apr 30, 2021 7:53 pm

I’ve been hallucinating almost non-stop for over 400 days. Visual, auditory, tactile, gustatory, even chronoceptive hallucinations. I’m hallucinating right now as I write this. Luckily, the hallucinations aren’t quite as intense so as to prevent me from perceiving and interacting with the real world. My next appointment with my therapist is next month and with my psychiatrist is in July. As I write this I’m seeing apparitions and hearing voices commenting on what I’m writing about. Every once in awhile they quiet down to the extent that I feel as if they’re finally gone. This usually happens when I’m interacting socially with real human beings (whether it be on an interpersonal level or online); but, the hallucinations return almost shortly after I get home. Do any of you happen to known of a “quick fix” to get the hallucinations to go away for good? Preferably something that doesn’t involve medication (I’m not taking any antipsychotics and haven’t since early-2019) and is relatively safe and easy to do? Many thanks in advance.
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Re: Any recommendations as to how to outright end hallucinations

Postby Sunnyg » Sun May 02, 2021 1:01 pm

Hi there,

Talking on the phone helps me. Staying present in the moment in conversation with connection is some of the best medicine. There are warm lines staffed at a lot of mental health centers. You could volunteer or try working for one and possibly even do it remotely in your community. Hope that helps.

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Re: Any recommendations as to how to outright end hallucinations

Postby CammieMe » Mon May 03, 2021 4:12 am

Sunny has some great points. I definitely agree with talking and having connections.
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Re: Any recommendations as to how to outright end hallucinations

Postby Snaga » Mon May 03, 2021 11:56 pm

Oh wow that's an excellent suggestion, Sunny!

I don't (think) I have hallucinations- realising of course if I did would I even know it?- but I do get... very odd in my thought patterns, if I'm alone for long stretches of time. Being around others does help me to keep my thoughts more ordered and 'normal'. So even though I'm not suffering from this particular malady I can attest to the idea Sunny put forth. Even if someone has a PD that causes them to be a loner, in the end we're a social species. And I do think human connections help to keep us grounded as individuals.
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Re: Any recommendations as to how to outright end hallucinations

Postby DistortedOne » Fri Jul 23, 2021 1:05 am

Back in the day, we used to drink milk to bring us down when we had an especially intense and un-fun LSD trip. It's what they did back in the 60's and 70's and it works on all sorts of drugs. I can't recall reading anywhere that milk could be harmful for mental conditions, though I certainly could be wrong.

It may be a totally ridiculous suggestion but you never know. I know that many times when I'm getting super manic I'm almost certainly not eating well, if at all. The nutritional value of milk to your body and brain when they're stressing real hard like that would probably be very beneficial anyway.

Just a thought. Feel free to ignore me. It won't hurt my feelings. :wink:
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Re: Any recommendations as to how to outright end hallucinations

Postby M00nShad0W » Mon Aug 30, 2021 1:54 pm

Sounds really tiresome to have so many hallucinations :( I think what Sunny says is a really good idea, talking to others and connecting. Here are some other strategies against auditory hallucinations, some might work also for other types of hallucinations:
https://www.nursingtimes.net/roles/mental-health-nurses/simple-coping-strategies-for-people-who-hear-voices-25-11-2003/

I have also read about an app with some kind of "word puzzles" which help for people who hear voices. But it's in Dutch, I don't think there is anything similar to it in other languages. It is called Temstem. The way the app works is via (used Google translate):
1. activation of the language area in your brain
2. double load on your working memory
3. increasing self-confidence

A friend of mine has visual hallucinations and for her it helps not to interact with those and also not to describe what she sees to interested friends (like me :roll: ) as it makes them "more real" for her mind. So she tries to ignore them as much as possible. Knowing "this is a hallucination it is not real and I choose to ignore it". It gives her back control. The only thing is,when it occurs suddenly she gets startled for a moment. Or at night. But otherwise she has little problems with the hallucinations, they are still there occassionally, but they do not usually interfere with her life. She considers it a neurological disease, something the brain conjures up.

Hope you find something that works for you!
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