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#1 Guest_pam_*

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Posted 11 March 2009 - 07:02 PM

Hi, I've never posted here before, and just kind of fell into this site. My 5 year old son has been having hallucinations. He says that he sees an evil blue face with horns that's trying to get into his brain to make him evil . When I ask him where this face is, he puts his hand next to his head between where his ear and his (real) face is. He said that he built a white wall to try to keep it out, but the face keeps 'bonking' against the wall, and he's worried that it's going to get in and make him evil. I asked him whether the face talks to him, and he says no. He can't see it in the mirror, and he doesn't see it when he closes his eyes. But it's there when he opens them. Anyway, I was wondering whether any of you have had hallucinations like this. He has an appointment with the behavioral health division of children's hosp of philadelphia next week. But, I'm very concerned, and thought that some of you might be able to shed some light on what's going on. Thanks, Pam

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Posted 11 March 2009 - 08:08 PM

Well, it could well be that someone here can shed some light, but I'm pretty sure we don't do a heck of a lot of peds stuff.

I know [link=http://www.rettdevil.org/phpBB2/" target="_blank]Rett Devil[/link] does, though - the people over at CrazyMeds Talk refer people over there a lot for peds stuff. Don't know if it helps. Scanning quickly, I don't know how pertinent it is to your stuff, but it might be worth a try.

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Posted 11 March 2009 - 08:11 PM

Hallucinations in children aren't considered as "serious" a symptom as they are in adults -- there are a lot of causes for it other than psychosis, including anxiety and various psychosocial reasons.

There is such a thing as childhood psychosis, but it needs other signs besides just hallucinations.

This article might possibly be helpful.

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Posted 11 March 2009 - 08:14 PM

Hi, Pam.

Sounds like you've got your hands full. Although our members are certainly welcome to reply to your post, we are pretty much a first-person site, with all of us talking about our own experiences in the wonderful world of MI. You might find more information and support on a message board for parents of kids with MI issues. However, I will move your post to a more appropriate place and there might be some people who have suggestions for you.

Good luck


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#5 december_brigette



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Posted 15 March 2009 - 03:03 AM


I have a toddler. Im fairly certain she "sees" things sometimes.

for stuff like this i use babycenter.com. the site has advice for children up to 9 years old.

I vaguely remember recently reading an article about children seeing monsters. it said not to discount what the child is telling you.

there is a great line from the movie "monsters, inc" - "if there are monsters living under your bed they owe me rent." (i know only adults would understand that joke).

Im glad your son has an appt soon. I hope it is fruitful for the both of you.

Im gonna step away from the regular rules and say please let us or me know what happens. (regular rules being this is a first person site for adults). feel free to PM me.


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Posted 18 March 2009 - 07:32 AM

I just wanted to pat you on the back for getting your child evaluated.
If your child is diagnosed with something, I'd suggest contacting your local NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness). They have education courses and support groups. I've even heard that some NAMI groups have a class/group that is specially designed for parents caring for children with mental illness (MI). That said, I don't know if what you're child is experiencing is MI. (I'm not a healthcare professional.)
Hang in there, Pam.

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Posted 23 March 2009 - 10:03 PM

I used to have (less specific) hallucinations as a child, as well... mostly visual, and mostly in the dark. Although they were essentially abstract in nature, they generally consisted of forms/shapes coming from the ceiling downwards, which was very threatening to me at times (in fact, they gave me almost nightly trouble falling asleep until I was about 7-8).

From my perspective, there might not be anything you can do about this issue (although your son seems to be having a much more specific hallucination than anything I'd ever had, so it is IMO worth seeing a pediatric mental health care provider over -- sometimes reassurance from someone else who's not the parents goes miles).

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