Mental Health, Schizoaffective

Schizoaffective Disorder and Hallucinations

Hallucinations are when someone hears, sees, feels, or tastes something that other people don’t hear, see, feel, or taste. There are a few causes of hallucinations, one of them includes the mental illness called schizophrenia. Schizoaffective disorder is the combination of schizophrenia and a major mood disorder in my case major depression, but could also be bipolar disorder. Medications called anti-psychotics are a form of treatment for schizophrenia. Medication could reduce or stop one’s hallucinations. The link below includes more conditions that could cause hallucinations.

With my schizoaffective disorder I experience hallucinations. Sometimes when I feel really depressed I experience more hallucinations but have hallucinated without the mood portion as well. I have had visual, auditory, and tactile hallucinations since I was about 10 years old. The visual hallucinations include shadow people. I used to see a shadow man that would watch me sleep. I also experience the walls moving and growing/shrinking. Sometimes it has looked like there was an earthquake happening in the other room.

The auditory hallucinations are most prominent though. I had a voice telling me to hurt myself. I would have to act on what my voice was telling me to do or it would keep pressuring and forcing me to do them. However, I didn’t act on most of them. The voice would tell me that no one would believe me when I would talk to the doctors or to anyone about it. These hallucinations made me the most frightened.

The tactile hallucinations have been few and far between. I mostly just felt like bugs were crawling on my skin. No matter how much I scratched the feeling wouldn’t go away whenever I had these hallucinations. These are the most uncomfortable hallucinations for me.


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