By Jan Dirk Blom
A Dictionary of Hallucinations is designed to function a reference guide for neuroscientists, psychiatrists, psychiatric citizens, psychologists, neurologists, historians of psychiatry, normal practitioners, and teachers dealing professionally with innovations of hallucinations and different sensory deceptions.
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The notion of the altruistic hallucination might well fit in with the characteristics of the ∗ misidentification syndrome. e. right-sided) or bilateral lesion of the parietal lobe. Paraphrasing the words of the Austrian-American neuropsychiatrist Josef Gerstmann (1887–1969), both syndromes can be said to fall under the heading of “anosognosia which, in addition to the experience of absence, is associated with illusions or distortions concerning the perception of and confabulations or delusions referring to the affected limb or side”.
The terms alucinari and halucinari probably came into use during the first century AD. At the time, these words had the connotation of wandering mentally or being absent-minded. They have their root in the Greek verb aluein, which means to wander, to be distraught, to be beside oneself, or to be outrageous. It has been speculated that 17 Alucinatio A the word ending -cinari might stem from the Latin verb vaticinari, which means to rave. As the American neuroanatomist Fred H. Johnson says, “Hallucination is an appropriate medical word, and it is more than a coincidence that ‘to wander in mind’ is the meaning of alucinari from which is derived hallucinatus and the term hallucination.
The use of exogenous AASs in socalled supra-pharmacological doses – as well as the withdrawal from such doses – is notorious for the many adverse physical and psychological effects. The possible physical side effects include benign and malignant liver tumours, testicular atrophy, gynaecomastia, hypertension, and metabolic disorders such as abnormal glucose tolerance and hypercholesterolaemia. Among the psychological side effects are euphoria, hypomania, mania, anxiety, low self-esteem, depression, fatigue, delusions of grandiosity, paranoia, paranoid delusions, and a syndrome nicknamed ‘roid rage’, which is characterized by an increase in irritability, aggressiveness, and physically violent behaviour.
A Dictionary of Hallucinations by Jan Dirk Blom