I know that someone has probably already asked this question, but I’m new here so I’ll ask again. My question is, if no one else is around to ask them- how can I tell if something I am seeing, hearing, or feeling is real? I am newly diagnosed, and I am told that I have a good amount of insight on my illness. Usually I can differentiate a hallucination or paranoid thought from reality quite easily- but every so often, I am not so sure. For example, I sometimes hallucinate at night when I am smoking my bedtime cigarette. I used to be very afraid of the sky and darkness in general. I have seen a black hole open, and black shooting stars, etc. Recently, I saw a very realistic and beautiful shooting star at the exact moment I was pondering how nice it would be to see one.
Even if it is something small and inconsequential, it really disturbs me that I can’t be sure either way. I know that usually it doesn’t impact my day if I am unsure- but I’m human, and sometimes I just need to know.
Thanks for the help