How do you explain hallucinations to your parents? I've been hearing voices & seeing things for a while and I don't know what to do. It's very scary and I'm afraid they'll think I'm joking. Tag me as Qoop!
Hey there butterfly,
Well, there are a number of ways that you can bring this up to your parents! I know how hard it can be to say it out loud, but to combat the difficulty of doing that, you can always write a letter. I tried to first ask my parents for help by writing a letter, and it really did help! I didn’t end up giving it to them because long story short I somehow ended up telling my mom in person, but it really did help me to get my feelings out and organize what I wanted to say. You can give this letter to your parents in person or send it in the form of email or putting it on their bed or desk where they will see it and read it. It can be easier to give it to them so this way you don’t have to worry about being interrupted when you’re trying to speak.
However, face-to-face communication is normally the most clear because this way your parents can’t misunderstand what you’re trying to say. I think that if you call a family meeting and ask all of them to sit down and bring up what you’ve been experiencing, they will take you seriously. You could even let them know before you said anything by telling them that you need to have a serious discussion with them about something important. They will most likely listen to what you have to say. Not all parents understand hallucinations, so try to make it clear to them that this is not something you can control. You may want to research hallucinations and show your parents what you found on a print-out or such.
Treatment for hallucinations usually will involve a psychological evaluation at first, because hallucinations can be symptoms of many mental illnesses. You will need to see a mental health professional, and the easiest way to do this is to go to your general physician and let them know what’s going on. They can refer you to a mental health professional who can diagnose and treat you.
If your parents do not agree to get you psychological help, try telling another trusted adult like a school counsellor if you are still in school, a clergy member, youth leader, friend’s parent, etc. I am so, so so so SOOOOO proud of you for wanting to seek help! This is really scary to go through and you don’t deserve to go through this without getting the proper help you need.
You do not have to suffer in silence. There is hope.
I believe in you,