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According to some studies, about 50% of the population has reported having had a hallucination before. Hallucinations are par for the course for those taking psychedelic drugs, or those who are psychotic, but what about the rest of us? Those of us who hallucinate but still function normally in our day to day lives?
I have, at times, (mostly when i am exhausted & stressed out), something called hypnagogic & hypnapompic, hallucinations, which occur when one is falling asleep, or when one is waking up, during the sort of state in-between being conscious, & being asleep.
I will be almost asleep, when suddenly a voice booms from outside of my head, crystal clear, jolting me awake. Most of the time it's simply my stepfather shouting my name, but it's also been anonymous sportscasters, & radio personalities, utilizing a kind of nonsensical word salad.
The hallucinations have also been tactile, where i've felt like i'm kind of floating/falling thru my bed. Visually, I haven't hallucinated, but when I close my eyes, everything I imagine sort of comes nearer, and nearer, and gets bigger, and bigger, as if everything has been inflated. It's not anything that I turn off, and the images just keep zooming until i fall asleep.
Does anybody else here hallucinate? Share your experiences!
I will be almost asleep, when suddenly a voice booms from outside of my head, crystal clear, jolting me awake.
I get this a lot...usually someone calling my name, but nobody did. I have also had the floating feeling in bed a few time also. I didn't know they were hallucinations though.
I did at one point. I think it happened 2 or 3 times and were very detailed. It was kind of like receiving a broadcast or something. One was like this black woman talking (kind of like Oprah, but it wasn't Oprah); another was this woman talking like doing hair; I think there may have been another.
I thought I was awake and I thought I was going crazy. I made an appointment with a psychiatrist. First, they did some psychological tests. I think it was very stressful then and I was exhausted. The psychiatrist was attached to a D&A clinic and since I was drinking a small amount of sherry a day, he decided I was an alcoholic. He was ready to put me on heaven-knows-what kind of meds without even a workup.
Now, I've never had any kind of dependency or addiction issue so I didn't really think that was the issue, but I decided it certainly wouldn't hurt to stop drinking. I wanted to find out the results of the psychological tests, but when I called, they never seemed to be able to get it together to tell me that information. I decided that these were not the people who should be in charge of my mental health!
I did begin drinking my tiny amount again in a couple of years and it didn't cause any further hallucinations. Much, much later I found the solution on the internet - the hypnagnogic thing. I'd always had those jerks when I went to sleep. I am so lucky I didn't let that guy give me meds because I've had some bad reactions to various antidepressants since I've had the pain issues. I'll guess he could have messed me up pretty severely. I guess it must have been a combination of exhaustion and stress? They were weird.
Oh - I used to float a long time ago. That was kind of fun. Sometimes now I have kind of hallucination dreams but I blame meds or something. I really think onion crackers do it too. I wasn't on any medications back then.
(I don't even like sherry much. My husband was drinking it, I think, lol.)