Psychosis, what most of us insensitively refer to as madness, is not the only cause for hallucinations. Hallucinations can be experienced by sane, healthy individuals as well – for instance, while falling in and out of sleep, after the loss of a loved one or pet, when having unbearable migraine headaches, and after intoxication with psychoactive stimulants like LSD and magic mushrooms.
With the weakening of our five senses as we age, parts of the brain responsible for these senses become hyperactive. They fabricate sounds, sights, smells, tastes, and feelings creating hallucinations. Age-related diseases that involve nerve degeneration like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, certain pills, and infections can also interfere with the brain’s neural circuitry and alienate us from reality.
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