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Tips for Coping with Hallucinations

Hallucinations can be very difficult to deal with no matter where or when they happen.  They are challenging to deal with in private, let alone in a public place.  We want to share a few tips we’ve heard from other StrengthofUs members who have experience managing their own hallucinations. 


How to cope with hallucinations:

In Private:

  • Turn on the radio
  • Turn up the volume on the TV
  • Sing your favorite songs
  • Play an instrument
  • Turn on a fan or something that makes white noise
  • Do something engaging like math problems or Sudoku puzzles
  • Gardening
  • Yoga
  • Crafting or making jewelry
  • Dance around to music
  • Meditation
  • Talk back to the voices…challenge them if need be and say “I know this is just in my head and I don't have to listen”


In Public:

  • Deep breathing…try your best to remain calm and collected
  • Talk back to voices by thinking (not out loud) to yourself “I don’t need to listen to this.  It is not true”
  • Play with your phone, distract yourself so you don't notice the hallucinations as much
  • Listen to your iPod or MP3 player- music helps
  • Listen to a podcasts
  • Go for a walk around the block
  • Read something like a newspaper or book to help yourself focus
  • Describe the area around you to yourself to help stay grounded


If the hallucinations become exceptionally difficult, bring it up with your doctor or psychiatrist.  Post and let us know what works best for you!




  • Wesley Aug 19th

    I used to have hallucinations in the bathroom. My psychologist recommended I put a radio in the bathroom and it made the hallucinations go down if not go away.