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What do you call a person who sees illusions or hallucinates?

  • Crazy?
  • Hallucinator? (Is this even a word?)
  • Insane?
  • Freak?
  • Something else?
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Your question will get downvotes because it is very contentious. The details / description pathologize the individual, implying that they-themselves are 'broken' or have another form of fundamental wrongness, and that visions and other seeing-things is a strictly "bad". –  New Alexandria Apr 21 '13 at 17:32
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I rather fancy the word hallucinatrix, and think it should be made the standard, gender-neutral, hallucinatory term for a person who persistently hallucinates. After all, there aren't many good places to deploy the -trix suffix any more, and it'd be a shame to lose it. Plus, I like the sound of the word; final /iks/ sounds so official. –  John Lawler Apr 21 '13 at 18:57
    
I mean... "Freak"....? .... really? I am disappoint. This question si so far from medicine or PC that it hurts. –  New Alexandria Apr 22 '13 at 6:00

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According to the OED, that would be "hallucinator" or "hallucinant", unless you were looking for a "day dreamer" or "fantasist."

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Though it lacks the derogatory connotation of your question, the most-commonly used word I have seen is

Psychonaut

if your context demands that you convey their situation as an illness, then you can call them

  • episodic
  • ill

Either is particularly relevant to wellness-classifications, as they address the (usually) transient nature of hallucinations.

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