The Causes and Impacts of Hallucinations on the Patient

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The Causes and Impacts of Hallucinations After undergoing a hallucination, the experience can change the rest of a person’s life. Many different things including stress, drugs, obsession, lack of sleep, a rough childhood, devotion to God, etc. can cause hallucinations. Throughout history, many people have experienced hallucinations in reality and literature. Hallucinations can affect someone positively or negatively. During the Romantic era, many poets used opium believing that it produced creativity. Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Kubla Khan by Samuel Taylor Coleridge are results from his opium use and hallucinations. In William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Macbeth undergoes a hallucination that leads to his downfall. In the novel Don Quixote, Don Quixote experiences extreme hallucinations that resulted into insanity. The Spanish artist, Salvador Dali, experienced many hallucinations throughout his life that caused his artwork to be very unique and different. During the Medieval and Renaissance time periods, many people became extremely devoted to their faith. Some claimed that they had experienced a heavenly figure come down and look at them. After their mystic experiences, they became different people in a beneficial way. Experiencing hallucinations can cause enhanced creativity, paranoia, insanity, or a more devout faith. During the Romantic time period, many poets took the drug, opium to produce hallucinations. Everything known about opium seemed positive and beneficial
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