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:
reduced skin elasticity
frequent confusion/disorientation
morning sickness
high systolic blood pressure
history of birth control pill use
difficulty falling asleep
slight tongue swelling
being very easily irritated
numb/burning/tingling extremities
moderate chocolate craving
recent breastfeeding
poor mental clarity
... and more than 40 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 96% Confirm
Dehydration 60% 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:
Magnesium Requirement

Extreme deficiency may produce hallucinations or delirium.

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