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  Tactile hallucination

Tactile hallucination

    A hallucination involving the perception of being touched or of something being under one's skin. The most common tactile hallucinations are the sensation of electric shocks and formication (the sensation of something creeping or crawling on or under the skin).


A false perception of something that is not really there. Hallucinations may be seen, heard, touched, tasted, or smelled by the ill individual. In schizophrenia, auditory hallucinations are most common.

Skin is an organ of the integumentary system; which is composed of a layer of tissues that protect underlying muscles and organs. Skin is used for insulation, vitamin D production, sensation, and excretion (through sweat).

Subjectively experienced sensations in the absence of an appropriate stimulus, but which are regarded by the individual as real. They may be of organic origin or associated with MENTAL DISORDERS.

The tactile hallucination or illusion that insects are crawling on the body or under the skin.



The basic textural elements of pre-attentive vision such as elongated blobs or line segments and their terminators which are important for segregation of textures.

A regulatory g-protein in photoreceptors which stimulates phosphodiesterase molecules and acts as an amplifier of the incoming light signal.

Puncture of the pleural cavity.

Decrease in blood platelets.

A clot of material that breaks free from a primary site, is transported in the bloodstream and becomes lodged and adhered at a secondary site.

Tactile hallucination

Replying to a question in an oblique or irrelevant way. Compare with circumstantiality.

Constitutional predisposition to react in a particular way to stimuli.

Terminal insomnia
Awakening before one's usual waking time and being unable to return to sleep.

The act of ending or concluding. In psychotherapy, termination refers to the mutual agreement between patient and therapist to bring therapy to an end. The idea of termination often occurs to both, but usually it is the therapist who introduces the subject into the session as a possibility to be considered. In psychoanalytic treatment, the patient's reactions are worked through to completion before the treatment ends. The early termination that is characteristic of focal psychotherapy and other forms of brief psychotherapy often requires more extensive work with the feelings of loss and separation.

Therapeutic community
A term of British origin, now widely used, for a specially structured mental hospital milieu that encourages patients to function within the range of social norms.

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