A psychotic hallucination can present itself in many ways and affect all of your senses at the same time. You can feel, hear, smell, taste and see things that are not true to reality. Hearing voices is also a psychotic hallucination. The person that are experiencing and presenting these things, could come and ask whether you are perceiving things in the same way. They become scared and unsure of everything around them and can become easily frustrated if other people are not experiencing things in the same way, this also leads to being very distressed, which of course makes it more difficult for yourself and others around you. When I experience symptoms of psychosis I become very frightened and ask those with me not to leave me and ask them if the things I see are real. When I hear voices, I feel trapped and lonely and very distressed, I want it to stop and I cannot be alone or I will feel I have no option but to listen to every word.
Psychotic delusions are complex are very difficult to deal with. It can involve believing things about yourself or others. My husband helps me to rationalise such delusions and then I see the reality of my thoughts. The only way I can describe a delusion is to give you an example from my own life. I believe that my mum is in danger ALL OF THE TIME. I feel the need to protect her from harm. My dad is a wonderful husband and he looks after her well. She is also fully capable of looking after herself. But in the middle of a psychotic delusion, I cannot see those parts of the reality. I feel that she would never be able to live without me protecting her. It affects my behaviour, If someone goes near her or upsets her, I am always ready to sort it out in my own way. I see myself as it been my job to sort it all out so I can shield her. Some of the thoughts I have are catastrophised from real events or completely thought up in my imagination of what could happen.
A combination of hallucinations and delusions can severely your emotions, thinking patterns, behaviour and perceptions. When both of the above work together professionals call it a 'psychotic episode' Bipolar, schizophrenia, severe depression, traumatic events, drug and alcohol misuse, stress, physical illness, Parkinson's disease and a brain tumour can all cause psychosis.
Psychosis can be treated with mental health support from professionals alongside anti-psychotic medication. The medication itself brings severe side affects, the group of drugs are well known for it.
You are not crazy, attention seeking, mad, idiotic, stupid or anything else for that matter. Your brain is traumatised and you are distressed and frightened . Do not feel you have to hide it away, speak out and get some help. Your futures will be much brighter.