How do you help someone who is hallucinating?
Schizophrenia: Helping Someone Who Is Hallucinating
- Approach the person quietly while calling his or her name.
- Ask the person to tell you what is happening.
- Tell the person that he or she is having a hallucination and that you do not see or hear what he or she does.
- Talk with the person about the experience, and ask whether there is anything you can do to help.
What can cause a person to hallucinate?
Certain medications taken for mental and physical health conditions can also cause hallucinations. Parkinson’s disease, depression, psychosis, and epilepsy medications may sometimes trigger hallucination symptoms.
How do hallucinations work?
A mild form of hallucination is known as a disturbance, and can occur in most of the senses above. These may be things like seeing movement in peripheral vision, or hearing faint noises or voices. Hypnagogic hallucinations can occur as one is falling asleep and hypnopompic hallucinations occur when one is waking up.
How do you calm someone with schizophrenia?
Be respectful, kind, and supportive, and call his doctor if needed. If he’s acting out hallucinations, stay calm, call 911, and tell the dispatcher he has schizophrenia. While you wait for paramedics, don’t argue, shout, criticize, threaten, block the doorway, touch him, or stand over him.