Auditory, visual, tactile, olfactory, and bodily hallucinations in patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
CNS Spectr. 2008 Feb;13(2):125-30. Auditory, visual, tactile, olfactory, and bodily hallucinations in patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder. Fontenelle LF1, Lopes AP, Borges MC, Pacheco PG, Nascimento AL, Versiani M.
Although much attention has been paid to patients who lack insight into their obsessional beliefs, less importance has been given to individuals with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) who display perceptual disturbances typically found in psychotic disorders, including schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorders, or mood disorders with psychotic features. We would like to call the attention to a phenomenon that has been neglected in the psychiatric literature: the occurrence of hallucinations and related phenomena in patients with OCD.
In this case report, we describe five clinical vignettes of patients with OCD with hallucinations in several different sensory modalities, including the auditory, the visual, the tactile, the olfactory, and the cenesthetic ones. Further psychopathological research should clarify the clinical significance of hallucinations among patients with OCD.