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Mark Morocco, Emergency Medicine, answeredWhen a person hallucinates, they see, hear, taste, smell or feel things that are not real. This is considered a psychotic symptom of schizophrenia. The most common hallucination that occurs for people with schizophrenia is hearing voices that do not actually exist. Some people with schizophrenia primarily hear voices that provide a running commentary on the day's events. Others might hear a group of voices having a conversation with one another. Or, people may hear voices that make hurtful or negative statements. Some people with schizophrenia are so convinced that their hallucinations are real, that they may live with the hallucinations for months or years before they (or someone else), realize that anything is out of the ordinary.