Does everyone with Bipolar experience Hallucinations?

Does everyone with Bipolar experience Hallucinations?

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I do believe that some people with Bipolar Disorder have hallucinations. I have experienced this after I have crashed and gone into a deep depression. There are many of those with Bipolar Disorder who experience hallucinations while they are manic. It can happen in both instances.

When the diagnosis came for me I was not hallucinating. I was in a manic high and just had a ton of energy. Once we got the manic high under control then I crashed hard. Once I crashed I started hearing voices and noises that weren’t really there and I was also seeing things on the wall. After experiencing this myself and talking to others with the disease as well I realized that many did hallucinate and others did not. I really think it depends upon the person and the severity of illness.

As I have gotten older I have had more hallucinations and psychotic episodes. I now take an anti-psychotic medication on a regular basis to keep the hallucinations under control. When a person is experiencing this part of their illness, oftentimes it is very scarey and the voices and other hallucinations are almost never positive. Oftentimes the voices tell you to hurt yourself or others. The voices may tell you that you are ugly, unloveable, unworthy and not valuable as a person. When people see things that aren’t really there it is just as scarey. They realize there’s a problem but the patient becomes so engrossed in the hallucinations they start believing that they are true. That’s when someone needs to intervene and help the patient get the appropriate help.

I do believe that some people with Bipolar Disorder have hallucinations. I have experienced this after I have crashed and gone into a deep depression. There are many of those with Bipolar Disorder who experience hallucinations while they are manic. It can happen in both instances.

When the diagnosis came for me I was not hallucinating. I was in a manic high and just had a ton of energy. Once we got the manic high under control then I crashed hard. Once I crashed I started hearing voices and noises that weren’t really there and I was also seeing things on the wall. After experiencing this myself and talking to others with the disease as well I realized that many did hallucinate and others did not. I really think it depends upon the person and the severity of illness.

As I have gotten older I have had more hallucinations and psychotic episodes. I now take an anti-psychotic medication on a regular basis to keep the hallucinations under control. When a person is experiencing this part of their illness, oftentimes it is very scary and the voices and other hallucinations are almost never positive. Oftentimes the voices tell you to hurt yourself or others. The voices may tell you that you are ugly, unlovable, unworthy and not valuable as a person. When people see things that aren’t really there it is just as scary. They realize there’s a problem but the patient becomes so engrossed in the hallucinations they start believing that they are true. That’s when someone needs to intervene and help the patient get the appropriate help.

If you are around a person who needs intervention try to be easy on them. Do not tell them they are crazy or that what they see or hear isn’t true. They know that but can’t separate reality from what’s really going on in their head. Interventions you can use are calling 911, calling a crisis number, take them to the hospital or if you can get through to the person’s providers then do that, too.

The answer to your question would be there are those who experience hallucinations and those who do not. Everybody’s Bipolar illness is different and the severity of everybody’s diagnosis is different.

If you are experiencing hallucinations and you haven’t told your doctor, please do. Don’t suffer unnecessarily with this. There are medications designed to help you through so you can live life to your fullest.

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  1. Hello, i was just wondering if you could tell me, do people with Bipolar believe that the hallucinations they see are true?
    For example, things that are extrodinary and impossible, when visually seeing and hearing people, do they believe what they see is real, even if the situations they are creating are impossible?
    Thanks for your time.

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