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#1 arcangie

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Posted 09 June 2015 - 03:15 PM

Hello,

 

I have a character who suffers from hallucinations. BUT I want the character to think he is hallucinating. In his back story he suffered 'visions' because of sleep deprivation. He is not schizophrenic.  He will take LSD in the manuscript but this is not the cause of the hallucinations. 

 

There are two points I'm looking to clarify:

 

1) Can anyone help with info regarding causes for hallucinations where a person can function on a day to day level? Seem normal.

 

2) Also, any idea what kind of experiences happen after LSD ingestion?  Can this cure someone of their 'sleep deprived' hallucinations?  Also what physical/mental sensations recur after LSD or magic mushroom use?  I've heard people say that they are very thirsty and get muscle cramps.

 

Any help would be wonderful



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Posted 20 June 2015 - 11:49 AM

Classic hallucinogens are thought to produce their perception-altering effects by acting on neural circuits in the brain that use the neurotransmitter serotonin. Specifically, some of their most prominent effects occur in the prefrontal cortex—an area involved in mood, cognition, and perception—as well as other regions important in regulating arousal and physiological responses to stress and panic.
So helping with sleep deprivation is not likely. Marijuana helps and do do tranquilizers.

LSD
Increased blood pressure, heart rate, and body temperature
Dizziness and sleeplessness
Loss of appetite, dry mouth,and sweating
Numbness, weakness, and tremors
Impulsiveness and rapid emotional shifts that can range from fear to euphoria, with transitions so rapid that the user may seem to experience several emotions simultaneously

Psilocybin
Feelings of relaxation (similar to effects of low doses of marijuana)
Nervousness, paranoia, and panic reactions
Introspective/spiritual experiences
Misidentification of poisonous mushrooms resembling psilocybin could lead to unintentional, potentially fatal poisoning

In my case shrooms combined with 4 bong hits of creeper/couch grabber weed like Alaskan Thunderfuck has been known to cure insomnia but it brings on serious nightmares at times.

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Posted 01 July 2015 - 05:54 AM

Thank you MacB,

 

What I'm using in my M/S is the Charles Bonnet Syndrome.  The MC had retina damage from an accident and knows the visions he sees are harmless and will eventually stop. His antagonist knows this and uses this knowledge to appear where the MC doesn't expect to see him.  Then he is drugged by companions, has an epiphany but the visions of the antagonist don't stop.



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Posted 09 July 2015 - 06:57 PM

Narrative wise--I think the important thing to remember is that the difference between brain-origin hallucinations (I have no experience with Charles Bonnet, but I do with sleep paralysis hallucinations) and drug-induced hallucinations is that when taking a drug, it's not like you suddenly see people and things that aren't there but they look real.  It changes the way everything looks. Colors, textures, movement, the back of your own hand.  stationary things appear to move (breathing walls, squirming carpet, etc) colors seem too bright and primary, things that are moving don't appear smooth by jerky.  This is because it messes with your brains ability to interpret what it sees. 



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Posted 18 August 2015 - 05:50 AM

Thank you Thrash



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Posted 18 August 2015 - 06:28 AM

My research into LSD suggests that people can also hallucinate colors or shifting faces. For instance, one of my MCs is afraid to look into a mirror while on LSD because of the nightmare images he sees.  Some people become addicted more to the LSD high than the LSD itself.


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Posted 01 December 2015 - 10:49 PM

FYI re: question 2...

 

I doubt LSD would cure sleep deprivation hallucinations at all. In fact, it may make them worse. LSD is an amphetamine (AKA chemically related to speed). From what I've heard  you'll be up for hours after the hallucinations stop, experiencing what is referred to as a "body buzz." This goes on for hours and makes the day-after hard to relax... until you crash when it's hard to get out of bed. Then you'll struggle to stay awake.Mushrooms are about the same, but the trip and body buzz are over much more quickly.

 

But, if you are looking for a short-term, very intense drug for a character to use, look into DMT. Very intense, under 10-minutes in duration. Allegedly very spacy -- things like aliens, faries etc. overtake and merge with real-life. The overall effect is freaky but mind expanding.

 

Another possibility would be PCP or angel dust. Shorter-lived and much less intense, but it has a bad reputation as creating closed, paranoid hallucinations. 

 

That's about all I know. That said, you may want to register with a hippie/ drug culture bulletin board and state exactly the effect you are looking for. If anyone would be able to help, it's them. That's what I did to research my character, a hippie physicist who died tripping in 1978... and became a ghost. 


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Posted 05 December 2015 - 05:17 PM

My research into LSD suggests that people can also hallucinate colors or shifting faces. For instance, one of my MCs is afraid to look into a mirror while on LSD because of the nightmare images he sees.  Some people become addicted more to the LSD high than the LSD itself.

Yup--but it usually changes rarely adds unless your eyes are closed. Or taking VERY strong doses, in which case all communication between eyes and brain break down. 



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Posted 07 January 2016 - 11:47 PM

I'm probably too late to help, but I just joined. Having experienced maybe too many hallucinations in my time, I can definitely say LSD is usually as described above, however, a few times I've experienced visions and beliefs so intense (from LSD) that I thought what was happening was real. Those are rare though. DMT is a teacher I think. Sleep deprivation will will cause extreme and constant hallucination-- and it's a crap shoot what degree of the visions/psychosis the sufferer can separate as such. Thanks. Feel free to hit me up about this kind of thing if this was helpful.

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Posted 10 January 2016 - 12:03 AM

Medical problems, like a high fever with delerium, can cause auditory and or visual hallucinations, as can some prescribed drugs like the tricyclic antidepressants and the calcium channel blockers ( used for high blood pressure and heart disease).

Also withdrawal from alcohol ( the DTs).



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Posted 09 February 2016 - 01:37 PM

Great responses here.

 

I hallucinate almost every day from my Schizoaffective Disorder but I still function mostly just fine. I live independently and can go to the grocery store and visit friends, although I can't work. If you don't drive while actively hallucinating and just confine it to a private, in your apartment kind of thing it is possible to hallucinate and not live out your days in a hospital. It can actually be pretty and entertaining, as mine are.

 

Psychiatric disorders that cause hallucinations are Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder, and Bipolar Disorder with psychotic symptoms.

 

Sleep deprivation is a big cause of hallucinations for people without psych disorders and would be a good one for your character to experience as it is so common. The best cure for this is just going to sleep. When you wake up, ta-da no more hallucinations.

 

LSD I haven't done in many years, but it does cause intense hallucinations, especially when mixed with MDMA. If your character is dosed without knowing it they will probably freak out and think they are going crazy. It's a very intense, 24-hour, no sleep kind of experience.

 

Mushrooms are like LSD lite. They don't last as long. They aren't as scary. They're natural. Again, its been years and I wouldn't do it again but mushrooms do cause intense hallucinations and are another option for your character.

 

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