My hallucinations started out as just whispers in my head and simple things like light touches on my body but now they’ve gotten worse. Instead of a whisper, I hear a loud voice talking outside me. Instead of a light touch from some disembodied hand, I feel someone’s entire body wrapped around mine. These two now appear together instead of separately like they did before, so it feels like there are real people surrounding me that I can’t see and can’t get away from. It’s getting really difficult to deal with and it isn’t easy for me to get help, especially medication, due to my family’s finances, so is there any way for me to deal with them in the moment? These weird invisible people are really overwhelming me and are making it so I can’t focus at all in class. How do I cope with them when they’re around, or better yet, get them to leave me alone?How Do I Cope with My Tactile & Auditory Hallucinations?
How Do I Cope with My Tactile & Auditory Hallucinations?
Your symptoms are unusual and concerning. Auditory hallucinations are the most common type of hallucination. Tactile hallucinations are less common than auditory hallucinations. You should be evaluated by both a primary care physician and a mental health professional such as a therapist.
You might also consult a psychiatrist. Psychiatrists typically prescribe psychoactive medication. In your case, a psychiatrist might prescribe an antipsychotic medication to reduce or eliminate your hallucinations.
You mentioned that your family’s finances are a problem but that should not prevent you from seeking help. Most communities have community mental health centers (CMHCs) where mental health services are provided free or for a small fee. In addition, county-based services are often free of charge for individuals under the age of 18 or 21.
Consult your school guidance counselor who may be able to provide referrals for community services. Another option is to contact the health department to inquire about what services are available in your community. Representatives from your local National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) office might also know of some good resources.
Your symptoms should not be ignored. It’s imperative that you are evaluated as soon as possible. Medication could help you a great deal and may possibly eliminate your symptoms. Please don’t hesitate to seek treatment. Please take care.
Dr. Kristina Randle