Hallucination is Common in Children and Adolescents


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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Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected].


  1. 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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