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Is it normal to hallucinate when hungover?

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If i am very hungover, that night i tend to hallucinate very intensely. It only really happens when i'm in a dark room or have my eyes closed. I basically see people walking around in front of me and towards me... etc. I don't get scared by it i actually enjoy it. The people look like clear holograms. I'm just wondering if it's normal to experience this when hungover?
 
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When I was alcohol dependant I suffered paranoia and auditory hallucinations when hungover/experiencing withdrawal but that was after I was diagnosed with Schizophrenia. I doubt it's normal unless you are alcohol dependant.
 
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When I was alcohol dependant I suffered paranoia and auditory hallucinations when hungover/experiencing withdrawal but that was after I was diagnosed with Schizophrenia. I doubt it's normal unless you are alcohol dependant.
I've never been a really heavy drinker but i am very sensitive to alcohol. It can make my anxiety ALOT worse. Funny you mention schizophrenia because in my last visit with my psychiatrist i could tell he was screening me for schizophrenia. Don't think i told him about the vivid hallucinatons though. I probably should.
 
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If i am very hungover, that night i tend to hallucinate very intensely. It only really happens when i'm in a dark room or have my eyes closed. I basically see people walking around in front of me and towards me... etc. I don't get scared by it i actually enjoy it. The people look like clear holograms. I'm just wondering if it's normal to experience this when hungover?
I wonder if you're actually experiencing hypnogogic hallucinations. Those can happen whether you drink or not!
 
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USER=82270]@HauntedWitch[/USER], I experience those on the edge of sleep
I've had them off and on since childhood. I mentioned them as a possibility because spacingspaces mentioned it happens only in the dark or with closed eyes. I was thinking of how sometimes you fall asleep and don't realize it. Mine happen always when I first fall asleep or immediately before waking.
 
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I wonder if you're actually experiencing hypnogogic hallucinations. Those can happen whether you drink or not!
I experience those as well. I get sleep paralysis a lot too. Just had sleep paralysis the other night. The hallucinations when hungover don't just happen when i'm falling asleep. All i have to do is turn off the lights and they happen. This may be a silly question but what do you see when you close your eyes? Is it just pitch blackness? Whether i'm hungover or not if i close my eyes i can sort of see little floating colored shapes moving around and i can sort of manipulate them into different shapes. This happens most of the time.
 
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I experience those as well. I get sleep paralysis a lot too. Just had sleep paralysis the other night. The hallucinations when hungover don't just happen when i'm falling asleep. All i have to do is turn off the lights and they happen. This may be a silly question but what do you see when you close your eyes? Is it just pitch blackness? Whether i'm hungover or not if i close my eyes i can sort of see little floating colored shapes moving around and i can sort of manipulate them into different shapes. This happens most of the time.
Usually, when I close my eyes it's as if a black velvet curtain has descended on the stage. I haven't seen points of light like you describe. It must be interesting to play around with that!

There was one exception to the black curtain thing. It happened a couple of years ago when I tried over the counter lithium recommended to me by a family member. Suddenly, I was experiencing day time reality waaaay too up close and personal. Everything I saw was over-emphasized in a way that's hard to describe. And every time I closed my eyes, I saw tentacles reaching for my face. Two nights of that, and I threw the lithium away.
 
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Usually, when I close my eyes it's as if a black velvet curtain has descended on the stage. I haven't seen points of light like you describe. It must be interesting to play around with that!

There was one exception to the black curtain thing. It happened a couple of years ago when I tried over the counter lithium recommended to me by a family member. Suddenly, I was experiencing day time reality waaaay too up close and personal. Everything I saw was over-emphasized in a way that's hard to describe. And every time I closed my eyes, I saw tentacles reaching for my face. Two nights of that, and I threw the lithium away.
Aha it's crazy how certain medications can affect us. This mirtazapine i'm on is the reason i've been having sleep paralysis so often. I would get it before but not nearly as often as now. I should probably mention the hallucinations to my psychiatrist though. I'm feeling a bit stressed out over what i've told to the psychiatrist and what i've not told. Like i feel like some of the thing i've said to them i've downplayed them so like it would be harder for them to diagnose me now. The hallucinations i get when extremely hungover don't happen that often because i don't drink much anymore since it sky rockets my anxiety for weeks/months but i actually liked getting them, they were fun to play around with and extremely vivid. It was literally like looking at a lot of holograms walking around in front of me. It was a very peaceful experience too in a weird way.
 
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The hallucinations i get when extremely hungover don't happen that often because i don't drink much anymore since it sky rockets my anxiety for weeks/months but i actually liked getting them, they were fun to play around with and extremely vivid. It was literally like looking at a lot of holograms walking around in front of me. It was a very peaceful experience too
I used to have variations on the 'hag dream'. They were usually more interesting than frightening. A shadow would open the door, approach, and whisper something in my ear or gently touch my arm to wake me. I mostly didn't remember what they said upon waking. However, a few of them were so bizarre that I started posting on paranormal forums, but that's also due to odd occurrences which happened in daytime, such as locked doors slamming open by themselves etc.

There isn't so much unusual 'activity' by day or night here anymore. I kind of miss it.
 
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I used to have variations on the 'hag dream'. They were usually more interesting than frightening. A shadow would open the door, approach, and whisper something in my ear or gently touch my arm to wake me. I mostly didn't remember what they said upon waking. However, a few of them were so bizarre that I started posting on paranormal forums, but that's also due to odd occurrences which happened in daytime, such as locked doors slamming open by themselves etc.

There isn't so much unusual 'activity' by day or night here anymore. I kind of miss it.
Yeah i used to think sleep paralysis might have something to do with the paranormal. Mine can be scary at times and i get that whispering in the ear thing as well but the thing that makes me believe they aren't paranormal is the fact that the mirtazapine makes them more frequent so it must just be some kind of brain chemistry thing going on.
 
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Yeah i used to think sleep paralysis might have something to do with the paranormal. Mine can be scary at times and i get that whispering in the ear thing as well but the thing that makes me believe they aren't paranormal is the fact that the mirtazapine makes them more frequent so it must just be some kind of brain chemistry thing going on.
True. Or night time blood sugar levels, as some of us mentioned on another thread. I quit consuming alcohol and sugary food before bedtime, and things have quieted down.

It's all kind of disappointing actually. I was hoping for a real haunting.

Still...locked doors can't blow open in broad daylight all by themselves even if I'd had a candy bar for lunch, which I hadn't that day. It didn't happen a 2nd tho. At least, I don't worry about it.
 
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True. Or night time blood sugar levels, as some of us mentioned on another thread. I quit consuming alcohol and sugary food before bedtime, and things have quieted down.

It's all kind of disappointing actually. I was hoping for a real haunting.

Still...locked doors can't blow open in broad daylight all by themselves even if I'd had a candy bar for lunch, which I hadn't that day. It didn't happen a 2nd tho. At least, I don't worry about it.
Yeah it's disappointing for sure. I used to be big into researching the paranormal but as i'm getting older i guess my imagination is being overcome by logic lol. That's not to say that i don't believe in ghosts or the paranormal it just means i'm more skeptical.
 
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Yeah it's disappointing for sure. I used to be big into researching the paranormal but as i'm getting older i guess my imagination is being overcome by logic lol. That's not to say that i don't believe in ghosts or the paranormal it just means i'm more skeptical.
I've only researched the paranormal from a theological perspective, as in pastoral counseling vs. the occult. When it comes to the dead coming back to speak to us...I neither believe or disbelieve. It's a subject that fascinates me though.

Anyway, a certain amount of skepticism is mandatory in my case, because of the bipolar. I can't afford to become manic or delusional.
 
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True. Or night time blood sugar levels, as some of us mentioned on another thread. I quit consuming alcohol and sugary food before bedtime, and things have quieted down.

It's all kind of disappointing actually. I was hoping for a real haunting.

Still...locked doors can't blow open in broad daylight all by themselves even if I'd had a candy bar for lunch, which I hadn't that day. It didn't happen a 2nd tho. At least, I don't worry about it.
Yeah i understand that completely.
 
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