Part 1 of 2 One can experience hallucinations for many reasons. From PTSD, to #Schizophrenia, to taking hallucinogens, or even just randomly throughout the day, one can hear unwanted and unreal voices and sounds, have tastes of food not eaten, smell odd odors, feel others touching them when no one is there, see things, or even feel presences around them.
For the first thing, it helps to note down characteristics and details of a hallucination, even naming them under what class of hallucination they are. Give them human names or give them silly names, and write down how they bother you, what their characteristics are, and how you have found relief against them.
For #Hallucinations, in my case most common is hearing detailed voices, one thing I’ve found that helps me is finding out what each voice wants, because they’re not all the same. I found the voice of “John” wants to command me, to quote, “ruin my life.” He’s very manipulative, but I’ve got a good handle on him. To use John as an example, he’s very narcissistic and likes to be talked about. So to note his details, he’s commanding and narcissistic, and to make him talk less I don’t give him what he wants. I disobey his commands, in whatever roundabout way he tries to command me.
For those very audible hallucinations, like someone calling your name, they want to be noticed. They want you to specifically go somewhere and look for them. They’re kind of like willowisps. Use reason to differentiate if they’re real, like the voice of that person can’t be there because I know they’re somewhere else, and if you have to, just ignore them. You don’t have to answer every beck and call. The best way to get rid of auditory hallucinations is to hear actual sound, like talking to someone or listening to music.
Tactile, or bodily, hallucinations are very unpleasant to me. I hate that someone is touching me that I can’t push away. This hallucination could be suggestive, like, BLINK. You might have noticed yourself blinking, or are doing so now. This is slightly like a tactile hallucination, like other hallucinations or even beliefs making you think you are being touched, then you notice a feeling in your body of being touched. Other times this is completely hallucination, like someone tapping your shoulder. The best relief to this is to move your body, and completely take over all feelings in your body by being mindful of how your body is situated. Notice every little thing about it, to your very breathing, and you will regain control.
Olfactory and gustatory hallucinations, smell and taste hallucinations, can be lumped up together. Ever eat a spoonful of salt thinking it’s sugar? The salt will taste sweet, for only a second. This in fact is a hallucination of taste. I have had these sorts of hallucinations even when I was not eating or drinking, taste of something sweet on my tongue, or something rancid in the air. What I do for this is drink water, something neutral. Taste the water, because it doesn’t have much of a taste. Smell the air. Breathe in and out. The hallucinations of these types will go away eventually if overpowered by real sensory stimuli.
Visual hallucinations, or hallucinations of sight, are the worst for me, my least favorite of all. Seeing something so vivid, sometimes almost imagined, other times flashes, or in the dark and just… there, can be terrifying. It instantly roots most of the other hallucinations to the person, creature, or object seen. I usually never have visual hallucinations thankfully, but every time I have it has scared the shit out of me. Monsters in the dark telling me, “Thanks for letting me in your room.” or hallucinated dicks floating around me, or even strange sexual patterns moving and changing around me, can all be absolute hell. The best way to get out of this hallucination is be in the light. You will notice you hallucinate, like dream, more in the dark, so turn on a light and calm down if this happens to you.
Feeling presences around you can be very scary, and I’m not sure what to categorize this hallucination as. Sometimes the other hallucinations will be coming from a specific spot, and that spot will move of its own free will. Sometimes it just feels like someone is there, right behind you, or in the closet. This is a hallucination, because when you check you will definitely notice nothing there. This sort of hallucination, as most hallucinations do, plays on fear and paranoia. Distract yourself from the monsters under your bed, and grow accustomed to what is normal to be there. If you need to, leave the presence somewhere and just go outside for a second. Most of the time it will not have