Hallucinations are a common symptom of schizophrenia; they involve false perceptions of things that are not really there. Hallucinations can occur in all five senses: sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch.
It can be frightening when someone you know starts hallucinating. They may act irrationally, impulsively or dangerously. Remain calm and remember these tips:
- Approach them gently and call their name
- Ask them what is happening
- Tell them that they are having a hallucination and that you do not see or hear what they do. However, don’t argue with them if they can’t understand or believe you.
- Talk with them about the experience and ask if you can help
- Suggest that they tell the voices to go away
- Try to involve them in distracting activities
- Help them find ways to handle the hallucinations
- Most importantly, be patient with them
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