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Why am I having hallucinations?

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  • Posted By: Inquisitive
  • December 27, 2010
  • 03:57 AM

This has happened about 6 times in the past 2 months and I have no idea why. I am a 20 year old female that is both mentally and physically healthy, as far as I know. I am an extremely creative person of above average intelligence, so I figured it could have been my mind's reaction to boredom-- that it was beginning to dream while I was still awake when I was doing sedimentary activities. For my entire life, I have always had dreams that went beyond the normal level of bizarre, so I figured it was just my dreaming mind doing yet another strange thing. Additional information: For the past two years all my dreams, which I remember nearly every night, have been violent, vivid, and horrifying.

One of the first hallucinations happened while I was watching a movie in class. It was a scene where clouds were reflected on windows of a building. Suddenly, I was horrified and embarrassed. In the hallucination, I realized that I was watching a video of myself--that I was the building. I pondered copyright laws and wondered if the filmmakers had the right to film me without my knowledge. All sights and sounds I saw and heard were from the actual movie--I was awake. It's just that my mind was interpreting external stimuli in a completely different way. It was several minutes before I came to and realized I was imagining it all.

Another hallucination happened in a car ride when I was talking to my boyfriend. Suddenly, for no reason, I saw in my mind a pale nurse, around her late 20s, looking down on me. I was on an operating table. Blood and tissue covered the bottom half of her face, and I realized that she had been devouring my stomach. I snapped out of it after about half a second.

Sometimes I imagine things when I am fully alert, but lying in bed. Images pop into my mind without my control-- the first time it happened in bed it was of the profile of an Australian aboriginal's face. He silently spoke, and I spent several minutes studying the way his facial muscles moved. It was fascinating, and was the first time I had ever 'thought in images,' as I thought I was doing. Immediately after I wrote down what I saw, an image of a computer-animated fat German child eating an ice cream cone popped into my mind. After watching him for a few minutes, I thought to myself that it was a good thing that no bad scenes had occurred in my mind, because I had no control over it. Instantly, I saw a skull with bulging eyes snapping its jaw and rotating towards me, then away, again and again. I suppose that reaction meant that on some level I was controlling them, but I have no clue how.

Once when lying in bed, I imaged a life-size humanoid puppet that lay rotting and dying in a bed like mine. It watched me with a most peculiar glare, which disturbed me so greatly that I wished it would die.

Why could this be happening to me?

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  • I feel you need to pop yourself off to a neurologist for urgent review - you should also get an MRI of your brain to take to the neurologist. There are some regions of the brain that cause you to have wakeful dreams so you need to have an MRI. It is something you can not ignore. Also print out the list of your dreams and take these to your neurologist - I am sure the neurologist will be very interested in your dreams and also what you are experiencing while awake. You may be deficient in a vitamin or other nutrient - but because you want to make sure you have nothing to worry about you must have your brain scan first. I wish you well and good luck with your diagnosis. But what you experiencing is NOT normal but indeed interesting! Best of luck
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 31, 2010
    • 00:56 AM
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  • This has happened about 6 times in the past 2 months and I have no idea why. I am a 20 year old female that is both mentally and physically healthy, as far as I know. I am an extremely creative person of above average intelligence, so I figured it could have been my mind's reaction to boredom-- that it was beginning to dream while I was still awake when I was doing sedimentary activities. For my entire life, I have always had dreams that went beyond the normal level of bizarre, so I figured it was just my dreaming mind doing yet another strange thing. Additional information: For the past two years all my dreams, which I remember nearly every night, have been violent, vivid, and horrifying. One of the first hallucinations happened while I was watching a movie in class. It was a scene where clouds were reflected on windows of a building. Suddenly, I was horrified and embarrassed. In the hallucination, I realized that I was watching a video of myself--that I was the building. I pondered copyright laws and wondered if the filmmakers had the right to film me without my knowledge. All sights and sounds I saw and heard were from the actual movie--I was awake. It's just that my mind was interpreting external stimuli in a completely different way. It was several minutes before I came to and realized I was imagining it all.Another hallucination happened in a car ride when I was talking to my boyfriend. Suddenly, for no reason, I saw in my mind a pale nurse, around her late 20s, looking down on me. I was on an operating table. Blood and tissue covered the bottom half of her face, and I realized that she had been devouring my stomach. I snapped out of it after about half a second. Sometimes I imagine things when I am fully alert, but lying in bed. Images pop into my mind without my control-- the first time it happened in bed it was of the profile of an Australian aboriginal's face. He silently spoke, and I spent several minutes studying the way his facial muscles moved. It was fascinating, and was the first time I had ever 'thought in images,' as I thought I was doing. Immediately after I wrote down what I saw, an image of a computer-animated fat German child eating an ice cream cone popped into my mind. After watching him for a few minutes, I thought to myself that it was a good thing that no bad scenes had occurred in my mind, because I had no control over it. Instantly, I saw a skull with bulging eyes snapping its jaw and rotating towards me, then away, again and again. I suppose that reaction meant that on some level I was controlling them, but I have no clue how. Once when lying in bed, I imaged a life-size humanoid puppet that lay rotting and dying in a bed like mine. It watched me with a most peculiar glare, which disturbed me so greatly that I wished it would die. Why could this be happening to me?Look up sleep paralysis and see if it fits your symptoms.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sleep_paralysis
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    • January 2, 2011
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