command hallucination


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command hallucination

a symptom (associated with a schizophrenic or psychotic mood disorder), usually auditory but sometimes visual, consisting of a message, from no external source, to do something.
A hallucination in which a person perceives spoken orders or commands from an ‘entity’ within. Command hallucinations in a schizophrenic patient should trigger increased monitoring to prevent violent behaviour or suicide

command hallucination

Psychiatry A hallucination in which a person perceives spoken orders or commands from an 'entity' within; CHs in a schizophrenic should trigger an ↑ in monitoring of Pts to prevent violent behavior or suicide

com·mand hal·lu·ci·na·tion

(kŏ-mand' hă-lū'si-nā'shŭn)
A symptom, usually auditory but sometimes visual, consisting of a message, from no external source, to do something.
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I think healthcare professionals need to be cautious to suggest to a client that the voices are "real" and should be "listening to the voices," particularly command hallucinations or delusions.
CBT has been proven beneficial in tackling command hallucinations. Lack of insight and formal thought disorder may not necessarily disqualify CBT for AVH; nonetheless, negative symptoms may pose a barrier to this form of psychological intervention.
Cognitive behaviour therapy for command hallucinations. London:Routledge, 2006.
A multi-centre randomised controlled trial of cognitive therapy to prevent harmful compliance with command hallucinations. BMC Psychiatry.
The clinical significance of command hallucinations. Am J Psychiatry 1987;144:219-21.
Research on factors associated with a patient acting on harmful command hallucinations has been mixed.
Much of the literature examining the relationship between a patient's actions and command hallucinations has examined the patient's response to all command hallucinations, without delineating factors specific to violent commands.
These factors also have been found to indicate increased compliance with acting on violent command hallucinations. (18), (20) Studies that have examined compliance specific to harmful command hallucinations provide additional guidance when evaluating the patient's risk of harm.
(13) Although most patients ignore violent command hallucinations to harm others, the presence of command hallucinations may increase the likelihood of behaving violently, (14) particularly if:
For some patients with schizophrenia, symptoms in this cluster prevent treatment engagement (such as impairing paranoia) or pose a risk to the patient or the community (such as command hallucinations).

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