Can Hallucinations Physically Harm The Individual With Schizophrenia?

Question

Asked by Ashley Smith

Can Hallucinations Physically Harm The Individual With Schizophrenia?

Someone on my personal blog asked this question:

"I've heard that people with schizophrenia may hallucinate as to something or someone (not real) attacking them, is it possible for this imaginary thing to actually hurt them physically when they perceive it to hit them?"

I know that command hallucinations are especially dangerous for the passerby. Is this the same as command hallucinations?

Answer

Hi Valash,

I've had this question in a similar vein when I first started blogging for the Connection.

The hallucination is so vivid and feels so real that it is possible to feel you have been "pushed" by someone or something that has pushed you. Of course this has not actually happened, yet you're convinced it has, possibly due to a self-fulfilling suggestion that you've been pushed.

People have had hallucinations where others are stabbing or spitting on them, and if you're not aware that this isn't real, you could think it's actually happening.

Regards,

Christina