Hallucinations in Nonpsychotic Children and Adolescents
Simonds J F
The case histories of 10 nonpsychotic patients (9 female & 1 male) who had experienced hallucinations are summarized. Significantly anxiety & depression were found in the majority of the patients, 5 of whom expressed suicidal ideas. Stress factors were primarily family & school. 8 children had combined auditory & visual hallucinations, which involved dead relatives in 5 cases. The aims or purposes of the hallucinations were multiple, but escape mechanisms were most common.