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I See Things that Are Not There

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From the U.S.: I’m 18. When I go to bed at night, I see a silhouette of a victorian woman standing at the foot of my bed, staring at me. She’s quite and doesn’t move. I’ve been having random break downs, and I’m doing things I don’t normally do but I’m having an uncontrollable urge to do so. Please, just tell me what’s wrong with me?…..

I See Things that Are Not There

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I can’t tell you what’s wrong. I don’t have enough information. But I can give you some direction. Believe it or not, the first thing to do is to see your PCP. There are a number of medical reasons that cause a person to have hallucinations. Low blood sugar, caffeine overdose, sleep disorder, and thyroid problems are a few examples. You want to be sure that there isn’t an undiagnosed medical problem at work here.

If you are medically fine, then I do urge you to see a mental health professional for an evaluation. I’m concerned that you are experiencing some problems with impulse control as well as the hallucinations. If there is a psychiatric diagnosis, the counselor will discuss treatment options with you.

I do hope you will follow through. I don’t know what’s wrong but I do know that it doesn’t help you to continue to worry about it.

I wish you well.
Dr. Marie

I See Things that Are Not There

Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker

Dr. Marie is licensed as both a psychologist and marriage and family counselor. She specializes in couples and family therapy and parent education. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter.

APA Reference
Hartwell-Walker, D. (2018). I See Things that Are Not There. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 23, 2019, from https://psychcentral.com/ask-the-therapist/2015/01/12/i-see-things-that-are-not-there/
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