On the interconnectedness and prognostic value of visual and auditory hallucinations in first-episode psychosis


The findings point to three hallucination ‘subtypes’ with different symptom profile. The VH+AH combination signals greater psychopathology and a less favourable prognosis, than hallucinations occurring in isolation, and no hallucinations. This conclusion points to one common mechanism for all hallucinations, which can separate into distinct pathways and modalities. For a more complete clinical picture, clinicians should carefully probe for both auditory and VHs in presenting patients.


That’s not good news for me. I had lots of visual hallucinations, sometimes in combination with auditory. Sigh.