Crossed Wiring: Hallucinations

Some mental illnesses have symptoms that overlap with another disorder, which makes them much more tricky to accurately diagnose. In today’s example we will be looking at an overlapping symptom of bipolar and schizophrenic patients. While the symptom of hallucinations, that is seeing or hearing things that are not there, is well known enough in schizophrenic patients as to be stereotyped by Hollywood. Less known, however, is the tendency for bipolar patients in the grip of either intense mania or depression to succumb to bouts of psychosis. Psychosis encompasses hallucinations as well as delusions, strongly held but false beliefs.

Hallucinations, both auditory and visual, can range from the innocuous, such as hearing faint whispering just around the next corner, to ominous and otherworldly sounds. Below is an example of one such sound that I have heard while in this state, recreated to the best of my ability.

Crossed Wiring: Hallucinations

“Bipolar Disorder.” Symptoms. Web. 9 Feb. 2015. <http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/bipolar-disorder/basics/symptoms/con-20027544>.

“Schizophrenia.” Symptoms. Web. 9 Feb. 2015. <http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/schizophrenia/basics/symptoms/con-20021077>.