- genital hallucination
- The term genital hallucination comes from the Latin adjective genitalis, which means fertile, intended for procreation. It is used to denote a hallucination affecting the reproductive organs of the male or female, i.e. the penis, testes, and/or related structures in men, or the vulva, vagina, uterus, and/or related structures in women. The genital hallucination tends to be classified either as a variant of the * tactile or haptic hallucination or as a variant of the * sexual or erotic hallucination. When orgasmic feelings are involved, itmaybepartofthe* persistent sexual arousal syndrome (PSAS). In the case of sensations that would seem to come from inside the body, and for which no organic substratum can be found, the genital hallucination may be considered a variant of the * somatic hallucination. As noted by the Swiss psychiatrist Eugen Bleuler (1857-1939), tactile and somatic hallucinations occurring in the context of *psychosis often seem to start out as genital sensations. For a further treatment of the subject see the entries Sexual hallucination, Tactile hallucination, Somatic hallucination, and Nitrous oxide hallucination.ReferencesBleuler, E. (1950). Dementia praecox or the group ofschizophrenias. Monograph series on schizophrenia no. 1. Translated by Zinkin, J. Madison, WI: International Universities PressEy, H. (1973). Traité des hallucinations. Tome 1. Paris: Masson et Cie., Éditeurs.
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