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I have hallucinations when I have flashbacks. It looks like I am underwater. Faces look distorted and monstrous. During my flashbacks I believe my loved ones are trying to gaslight and harm me, though I know in my right mind that they aren't. These episodes last usually for about 2 to 4 hours and they are terrifying. I cry and wail and cuss my husband out. I have memory loss during this time and my husband has to tell me what I have done later. I read that flashbacks with psychosis are a sign that PTSD is very severe. I have never told anyone, not even my therapist or pdoc. It is always very embarrassing and shameful for me and I hide it from others.

I am wondering if others experience this. Sometimes I feel I am the only one. It always makes me feel like I am crazy and should be committed.
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I'm sure you'll learn more from the PTSD forum, but I can tell you I really connected with what you said here. Flashbacks, hallucinations and not even remembering how I made people around me hurt or even scared sometimes. While that isn't every time or every week (sometimes, it is getting a little worse lately), it's enough to be a problem in so many aspects of my life. Hallucinations with PTSD usually does mean that it's severe, when it hits your family and home it demands to be taken care of (treated) until it destroys a relationship. The illness -- I prefer to say injury -- shouldn't be taken lightly. EMDR is one of the therapies used to help work past the memories and a therapist would be able to tell you more. You're not alone, there's research to be done, but what you described is more common than most people care to admit.
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Thank you MtnTime. I know this is not the most common symptom. I feel better knowing I am not the only one, though I wouldn't wish it on anyone. It is hard to admit. I have hidden it for years. The only one who really knows is my husband. Thanks for sharing your experience. It helps a lot.
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