Could being very upset or depressed cause hallucinations?


When I was 14 I went through an expirience that gave me PTSD. I thought I was ok, I didn't think I was depressed. But I also didn't allow myself to feel, and so to cope with that I made myself some friends, voices in my head that one day appeared and stayed for awhile.

At first, they were good distractions. They kept emotions easy, I was the vessel and they were the mouthpiece. But after my mom found a journal of me describing my voices I had to learn to stop them. And now, I don't even remember their names.

A few months after the voices had gone I was walking to school when a bird crashed into the schools window. I was already late to class, and not wanting to startle it any more I took a glance then walked inside. It was a teal, green bird with the body of a chickadee but the size of a nuthatch.

After my class ended I looked back outside to where the bird had been to see it was gone. For weeks and months after that I searched everywhere on the internet, libraries, books to find no such bird even remotely existed. My therapist assured me it was just a hallucination, and that I shouldn't obsess over it spending hours of my day researching for a figment of my imagination.

But I heard a thud, and winced as it fluttered to the ground. I heard it gasping for air, I saw its eyes blink and I saw its chest rise and fall for air. Hallucinations can appear from many things: Stress, depression, anxiety.

It's hard, so damn hard not to believe the very senses your brain has always told you to believe. But with enough mental strength you'll get it down.




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Depression definitely has an impact on the thought process and it can make our thoughts dark and confusing.

There are various forms of depression and the symptoms vary.

Depression in a basic form would not cause hallucinations. People who live with severe clinical depression lack energy and motivation and some are so severely depressed they have trouble getting out of bed.

They have trouble performing basic tasks and taking care of personal hygiene.

A hallucination is defined as an experience involving the apparent perception of something not present.

I am a bereavement counselor and first and foremost I am a bereaved parent. In my personal experience and in my professional experience I have heard accounts from the dying and from survivors about some form of contact from a deceased loved one which brought comfort to the dying and to the survivors and I believe these accounts.

Science attributes these visitations as hallucinations or a symptom from medication. I respectfully disagree.

I have also worked with mentally ill children and adults and have been present while they are experiencing a hallucinations and when a hallucination is occurring the person is seeing something that is not there and sadly instead of comfort it produces fear and anxiety.

The hallucinations is and feels very real for the person experiencing it and I do not argue that it is not there as it agitates the individual who is suffering. I try to be supportive and sympathetic until the person has become calm or if necessary a medication intervention may be required.

And yes being very upset by a traumatic event can cause a hallucination. Being upset in general does not and should not produce a hallucination.

Oh of course. There's a lot of emotions that can cause issues, like psychotic symptoms. Anxiety and depression are the big ones, I think. If you have a genetic tendency for psychotic symptoms they can surface when experiencing acute depression/anxiety/stress. A long period of these emotions can also cause psychotic symptoms.

If you already have a psychotic disorder, strong emotions will certainly cause an episode or hallucinations. There are different types of schizophrenia/psychotic disorders and they usually have to do with an emotion of some sort.

Psychotic depression is major depression disorder with psychotic features, so you become psychotic/hallucinate when depressed.

Schizoaffective is similar to bipolar disorder in the way they have large swings of emotion followed or triggered by hallucinations, I believe. I recommend looking it up because I'm not a doctor or psychiatrist, but you get the idea.

The reason they're not considered schizophrenia is because schizo symptoms will happen regardless of your current emotion. And the hallucinations are often random and strange.

I hope this helps clear some things up, best of luck


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