What Causes Hallucinations?

Hallucinations can have various causes, just like most other symptoms.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose hallucinations, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "hallucinations" as a symptom.  Here are two possibilities:
  • Dehydration
  • Magnesium Need

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
being highly lethargic
caffeinated soft drink consumption
severe emotional instability
frequent difficulty falling asleep
slight tongue swelling
recent onset nausea
moderate chocolate craving
being postmenopausal
morning sickness
occasional 'chills'
fatigue after slight exertion
... and more than 30 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of hallucinations:
Cause Probability Status
Magnesium Need 94% Confirm
Dehydration 68% Possible
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate unusual mental conditions/symptoms, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Do you suffer from hallucinations?
Possible responses:
→ Don't know
→ No
→ Occasional minor hallucinations
→ Frequent minor hallucinations / occasional severe
→ Frequent severe hallucinations
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate no history of hallucinations, minor hallucinations, hallucinations or severe hallucinations, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:

Dehydration can reduce blood flow and therefore oxygen supply to the brain, which can cause hallucinations.

Magnesium Requirement

Extreme deficiency may produce hallucinations or delirium.

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