What're the treatments for hallucinations?
Hallucinations that are symptomatic of a mental illness such as schizophrenia should be treated by a psychologist or psychiatrist. Antipsychotic medication such as thioridazine (Mellaril), haloperidol (Haldol), chlorpromazine (Thorazine), clozapine (Clozaril), or risperidone (Risperdal) may be prescribed.
If someone begins to hallucinate and is detached from reality, a prompt medical evaluation should be sought because many medical conditions that can cause hallucinations may quickly become emergencies. People who are hallucinating may become agitated, paranoid, and frightened and should not be left alone.
In some cases, however, hallucinations, may be normal. For example, having a hallucination of hearing the voice of or briefly seeing a loved one who has recently died can be a part of the grieving process.
In many cases, chronic hallucinations caused by schizophrenia or some other mental illness can be controlled by medication. If hallucinations persist, psychosocial therapy can be helpful in teaching the patient the coping skills to deal with them. Hallucinations due to sleep deprivation or extreme stress generally stop after the cause is removed.