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Question: What does polymodal hallucination mean for mental health?

 Oxidate - Mon May 25, 2009 5:17 pm

Hallucinations are apparently common amongst the entire population, but what about a polymodal haullcination specifically? In this case, the person saw people, heard their voices and had no awareness of his surroundings. Can a person have a sever hallucinatory episode like this and be mentally healthy? Is it more likely that have some sort of psychosis or imbalance?
 Faye Lang, RN, MSW - Sun Jul 25, 2010 12:48 pm

Hello Oxidate,

I sincerely apologize that a response to your question has been so late in coming. I'll provide information and hope that it may still be useful to you and to others who may read your post.

Hallucinations can happen due to a number of reasons. A few reasons are very high temperatures in illness, a single psychotic episode, a mental illness, chemical intoxication, recreational drug use (marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, etc.) or dementia. At the time the hallucination (polymodal or otherwise) occurs, the person's health is obviously disturbed, whether physically or mentally. Continued mental health assessment would be based on whether it was a single episode or if there were more than one episode. If there are more than one episode, a mental illness would be very likely. The nature of the mental illness would be determined on the hallucinations plus other factors, and the diagnosis would be made by a psychiatrist or psychologist.

Good luck to you.

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