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Psychosis, Hallucinations and Dreams

Psychological Perspectives


Ken Silvestro

When people think about psychosis and hallucinations, they usually think about severe mental illness, loss of reality and drugs. We never think in terms of dreams. So, is there really a relationship between psychosis, hallucinations and dreams?

First, let me briefly describe psychosis and hallucinations. When someone sees or hears something that isn't really there, it can be considered a hallucination. Psychosis occurs when a person sees and hears hallucinations all the time, or for a period of time. So clearly, there is a relationship between psychosis and hallucinations.

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