I have intermittent episodes where I see brief glimpses of people (and occasional animals), mostly out of the corner of my eye. I do not recognize any of these figures and upon turning my full attention to the illusions they are not there. This occurred at least once a week or sometimes once a day for a few months and then stopped. During this time, however, I would misinterpret other objects, such as a mailbox or post as a humanoid figure out of the corner of my eye. I believe stress does play a factor and I am on medication for anxiety (clonazepam and Lexapro). Also, I do have poor vision and wear corrective lenses. I was diagnosed with depression when I was a teenager, though the reason was symptomatic and once removed from the cause, all symptoms of depression vanished. On a related note, I believe, are at least four episodes of autoscopy. One was probably induced by Ketamine when I was young and getting stitches and two others were probably induced by Midazolam during a hernia operation and again when wisdom teeth were removed. Another was probably induced by panic. I’ve also had three incidents of what I assume can be described as hypnogogic hallucinations where I have woken in the middle of the night to see people standing in my doorway, though paralysis was not a factor in these episodes. There has not been any auditory, tactile, etc. hallucinations. Though I believe science and religion are mutually exclusive, one in three people believe in ghosts and I do believe that consciousness does survive physical death, I don’t necessarily believe I am seeing dead people. Are these illusions a sign of mental illness or some sort of neurological misfiring caused by stress or anxiety? I am of course afraid it indicates that my mental status is deteriorating. This is why I am asking this question online; for anonymity. On a final note, my father has been diagnosed with a tragic combination of long term exposure to Agent Orange and Gulf War syndrome.