My post on KevinMD.com for today

http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2013/10/hallucinations-psychiatric-patients-experience.html

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7 thoughts on “My post on KevinMD.com for today

  1. Since I am never sure if a post will be posted at Kevin’s I am duplicating it here;
    And one wonders….in the pondering of hallucinations why use drugs to stop them if they are comforting the patient? Only if the hallucinations become harmful to the patients or the populace should big-guns be used? We have been trying to kill the Boogie Man for a very long time:)

  2. Since I am never sure if post at Kevin’s will make it public I am duplicating my response here:
    And one wonders….in the pondering of hallucinations why use drugs to stop them if they are comforting the patient? Only if the hallucinations become harmful to the patients or the populace should big-guns be used? We have been trying to kill the Boogie Man for a very long time:)

  3. If it was just the patient having the visual hallucinations, I’d think about Bonnet syndrome and send her for an eye exam. Since her boyfriend also sees things move across the dresser and fall to the ground, I’m betting there is a rodent behind the furniture (or a cat? Did you ask if they have cats?)

  4. Well….I can’t resist asking (and since Kevin deleted my response to Rob on his site).. What if….a patient is having…oh let’s say…an acid flashback…or something of that nature. And what if the patient sorta liked that state of being? I am only being a bit facetious because sincerely it appears doctors are being put in the unenviable position of mind readers.. clairvoyants….Dr. Sixth Sense?:)

  5. ALice,

    Of course there are many, many reasons for hallucinations as all as other phenomena that we see in mental health. Sometimes patients don;t want to give up the sensations or symptoms at all. Sometimes they understand them for what they are-sometimes they don’t. To me, that’s part of the fun of doing this work, the processing and the figuring out and the decisions about what to do, if anything.

    Greg

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