Hallucinatory experiences are common in childhood and adolescence, and most cases discontinue in the short-term, according to a review of the data conducted by researchers from Spain, Columbia, and the U.S. that will appear in Schizophrenia Research.
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I remember reading (quite some time ago) about Admiral Byrd and his exploration of Antartica. The white snow, the white noise, the lack of stimulation from the environmnent… these things caused him to hallucinate.
And I wonder how many people who are placed in seclusion in psychiatric hospitals experience something similar… hallucinations from being placed in a room with no stimulation to the senses.
It seems obvious that seclusion is hardly a healing place to be… Of course, conventional psychiatrists would likely say the hallucinations were caused by the “illness”… as they so often attribute these phenomenon.
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