Hey I am fifteen and ever since I can remember I have had axiety problems. I used to have anxiety/panic attacks all the time and as I got older they arent as often. I was wondering, can delusions and hallucinations can be cause by anxiety? Here are some examples of what I am talking about.
1) last week I was home alone and I heard my dad's truck (very loudly) come up our long farm driveway, the door open and slam, my brother run out clomp up the stairs and began pounding on the door and yelling at me to let him in. I ignored him and about a minute later I went and the truck wasnt even there and my brother wasnt either. The door was unlocked. They never came home for another 2 hours.
2) The same afternoon I was brushing my hair in the washroom and through the paper thin walls I heard my radio on in my bedroom. I sat listening for a couple minutes trying to figure out what song was playing. Then I realized I had turned my radio off when I had woken up in the morning. When I went to check the radio was indeed off.
3) a couple nights ago I was about to crawl into bed when I heard weird bells or chimes in the basement. my mom said she couldnt hear anything then they just stopped.
4) everyonce in a while I hear tapping or bell noises around the house.
5) I was lying in bed singing along in my head with the lyrics of my radio (i cant sleep without music) and all of a sudden a male voice shouted one of the words really loud in my ear. I looked around and noone was there.
6) I had myself convinced for 2 years that I had cancer in my leg and ear and that I would have to get my leg amputated. I would cry myself to sleep every night. Im not sure where I got the idea. I never asked to go to a doctor cause I was too scared. After a while of unconvincing myself and prayer I officially dont think I have cancer.
there are other visual hallucinations to like when I saw a deer run across the road a couple feet from in front of our school bus. we should have hit it but it just dissapeared and nobody noticed like they usually do.
it does sound like you're hallucinations are caused by anxiety, and they are all very realistic! All of your hallucinations are of things that happen normally in your daily life, and it is common for young people especially, like yourself, to be listening extra carefully especially if you're afraid, and in my opinion you are listening and thinking about these things so closely that you end up hearing or seeing them. I think with some time, and once you occupy yourself with everyday things and doing what makes you happy, those things will stop happening.
Also, Delusions, in medical terms, are things you believe are real, even when everyone is telling you they are not real So an example of a delusion is believing that the dear you saw was real. However, you know that it was just a hallucination, right? And since you know that it was a hallucination it is not a delusion! Does that make sense?
So anxiety CAN cause hallucinations. i have hallucinated before. When I was a teenager I heard someone call my name. And just last year when I went to see a psychologist, i saw a tear come down her cheek and then realized her face was dry.. Yes, I have been dealing with severe anxiety and depression, but I believe I can get better and I have been doing better!! :) And I think Anyone can!! It sounds like you have anxiety and maybe think and worry a lot. Maybe try to do things with friends, or be practical and occupy yourself with normal daily life. :)
I know being fifteen you probably have a lot of time on your hands, but you are getting older and will be kept busy and all. But also be open with your mom about these things. i'm sure she'll understand, and she will help you feel better, and maybe you can do things with her, like make dinner, or whatever :)
I was honest with my mom when I had a few hallucinations last year, and I was so surprised with her response. My mom is very nice and well adjusted person who has raised 6 healthy kids and is a nanny for other families. And when i told her about my hallucinations she thought it wasn't a big deal at all, which surprised me, and then she started telling me about all the things she saw in her past and I dropped my jaw. And it made me feel so much better!! Then I asked my dad, and he also has experienced some unusual things. So, it's not really unusual, You sound like you're doing pretty good!! :) But definitely be open about it with your family, at least your mom, or family member you trust most, if you are afraid, and that should make you feel better. :)
Let me know how things are going if you want and I'm happy to do my best to help! :)
Your welcome! :) Well, you clarified that delusion so you're all set! :) And also, it is very common with anxiety to feel like we have a physical disease of some kind!! As you can see if you read on this anxiety forum :)
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