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clouded memory, or clouded something, makes explaining anything more difficult because i leave out stuff, like my symptoms

-disconnection from my memories, my past, the world around(the present), can't picture how the future will be, not because i'm uncertain

i just can't picture anything

-static vision

-everything i sort of moving, not quite but nothing stands completely still

at onset:

Everything had a cartoony type look to it

Colors brighter than they should be

MAJOR floaters shooting everywhere

VERY intense trails

negative and positive after images




halo's around objects

static only at nightime..colored static

a lot of very detailed CEV'S

Objects moving and "breathing"

major DR (familiar places seeingly really foreign really bad)

Feeling "out of it" or just high all the time..disconnected

feelings of desperation, suicidal thoughts

joint pain mainly elbows, that showed up at onset..probaby due to being tensed up?...dunno

mood swings

a slight , very slight body buzz type of feeling, like you get while tripping..(this faded after a few months)


When walking sometimes it felt like I was walking "downhill" hard to explain

most of these faded and/or just became my normal over the years and I was back to 85 -90% symptom free or maybe I got used to them?? OR a bit of both..

now since prozac in november of 2007

Major flaoters again

Colors brighter again

trails again

MAJOR DR again

and a lot of emotional instability, up and down, emotions are all over the palce


anxiety, major major major anxiety again

Insomnia again

Halo's around objects again

Slight afterimages (they are not as bad this time)


-weird street lights and car lights (when dark, especially in the morning, sometimes i see the light of cars stretch about double the car size with a transparent rainbow around, not overwhelming thou)

-some color spots appear once in a while, mostly blue

-conversations can be uncomfortable because my vision gets weird, sort of out of focus but its clear, damn hard to explain, makes me

feel like i'm standing in a weird position or something.

-some songs replay in my head, not only after hearing them anymore, reading the name of the song is enough now

-irregular heartbeat(went to the doctor when i first got it, turns out i have 3 different heartbeats)

-no anxiety

-no panic attacks

-looking down at my arms and hands, they look weird,arms are long, wrists are small and hands are big (saw a picture of that here, probably why i see it now)

-bullshit dreams that don't make sense, at all

-head pressure


-suicidal thoughts & thoughts about harming others



-loss of sensitivity

-self mutilation to make life real

-host of strange phobias such as fear of choking, getting my neck slit in my sleep, etc.

-floaters, static, halos, auras, tunnel vision with micropsia, flashes of light, afterimages, patterns flowing like streams and/or breathing, etc.

-electric shocks


-massive concentration problems

-major depression (i.e. convinced my death will lift a great burden off my family & friends)

-racing thoughts

- just closed eyed visuals can be disturbing

- memories fine, can function fine

-color spots, static spots, auras around everything... w/e just makes reality more colorful

-can't sleep in dark anymore... need light...

-conflicting thoughts...

-the power of imagination has a new definition now

- stress, temperature affect it... I have to be as positivito as possible....


When looking at somehing shining, bright, then I close my eyes, for a while I only see chaos, then it turns into positive afterimage of what I was looking at (don't have to look at it a long time, just a moment is enough), then it slowly turns into a negative afterimage and slowly fades. Then, when I blink my eyes, the negative afterimage reappears, every time for shorter period of time. I notice this everytime while driving car in the dark and looking at coloured rear lights of a car or a semaphore, when I blink my eyes, I see them right in front of me for half a second or a second. Sometimes annoying, but nothing horrible.


These appear mainly in peripheral vision, when I notice them and look at it, they disappear. However sometimes these appear right in front of me. Annoying, but getting used to them.


These include illusion of movement, perpective distortions and straightforward hallucinations - interpreting some objects as completely different objects, like seeing a giant trash can along the road, then looking at it, and voila - just a bunch of bushes. One night I was driving completly exhausted from work and noticed a giant garbage car just a little to the left from the center of my view. After a sec I realized it's just a house along the road. This is some of the worst visual stuff for me, can be pretty scaring.


I can be looking at any object, and when I move my eyes just a little, while not stopping to look at that object, it seems to me it has changed its location. This is pretty subtle but constant and very disturbing. It's worst with people, when I'm for example in a room full of people, everytime I move my eyes just a little bit, all of the persons seem to change their location a little bit. This was btw. the first symptom I noticed, and the only one that remained from the trip. All the others came later.


The worst and the hardest-to-describe visual symptom for me. Everything I look at seems weird in some way, but I don't know how to describe it. Maybe it's derealization, sometimes I have the feeling of dream-like world around me, but it's not that bad all the time. But this is totally constant, never giving me a break. Maybe it's the changed perception of dimensions of objects, maybe it's peripheral distortion, like moving in an old 3D videogame. I can look at an object for infinite amount of time and absorb the weirdess, it never fades and it stays the same from the first time this symptom started - which was the 3rd day after taking ecstacy post-HPPD (maybe a month after noticing the first symptoms). I will regret taking those pills my whole life. Makes me a little difficulty reading letters on monitor. Sometimes it's like looking at it through binoculars.


This can be pure horror, however this is the only symptom which got better over time. All the others got and are steadily getting worse for me - which can be contributed to my extremly stupid E consumption post-HPPD. I never touch it again. The closed eyes visual range from animated tunnels, circles of color closing and appearing again and closing, to vivid imagery of real things, mostly grotesque human faces, computer screens, crowds of people moving chaoticly and fast. Worse when trying to sleep. Sometimes prevents me from sleeping - I get scared, my heart starts beating very fast - classic anxiety. It was worst the first 3 months, alcohol consumption boosted these for me the next day and night. Sometimes I also see LSD-like imagery, like fractals and all the classic psychedelic CEVs. Only difference from these drug induced - these are ugly as hell, dangerous look and feel, those on LSD and E were pleasurable, beautiful.

NON-VISUAL SYMPTOMS (I notice everyday increase in these, and they are starting to be extremly brutal, while the visual symptoms

I'm noticing less and getting used to them)

- feeling like completly another person

- disturbed thinking, more chaotic, out of control sometimes

- cycling thougts, simple stupid thought reappearing again and again impossible to stop

- some weird body sensations, totally beyond description, when I smoke pot, these can get extreme - I don't smoke that shit anymore

- less in contact with reality (can be a symptom of depersonalization), many actions I do - feels like I'm doing it automatically

- lack of emotions - pure hell, source of all my depressions about not being able to feel, to fall in love again etc - mood changes, sometimes I feel I am ok, and in terms with all of this, but this feeling mostly measures in minutes, then comes

the pessimism, depression and fear

24/7 symptoms, except for the "episodes"

Static/Snow vision day and night but worse at night.

Halos around objects especially tree tops, more during the day

EVERYTHING in peripheral vision is distorted/out of focus and moving.

Certain patterns on objects like floors/walls move and vibrate like crazy.


concentration problems

"episodes" that make me feel like a zombie

"episodes that make me feel like I'm going crazy (probably anxiety)

SPACED OUT! but I'm used to that now and don't even remember what it's like to have a clear head.

That visual sperm thing (I have a name for it now)

If i stare at a face, it will distort within 10 seconds and look weird, like those pictures someone posted.

A partial disconnection from myself and my surroundings

Mild tracers, except when tired, and then pretty severe

After images

A few head pressure bouts that made me down right sick!

And several other visual things that I cant even explain........um, like sections of static when looking at the sky, and flickering muticolored static within the static, ehhhh.......I just wish I could take a picture of my vision, or actually a video because theres so much movement.

HPPD: 100% of the time never goes away

Flickering snow or pulsating

Halo`s around lights

Aura`s around people

Negative and positive after images around everything.

Moving objects in side vision.

Floaters, both kinds.

Geometric shapes and colors at night.

Closed eye visuals

Long after images

Occasional visual effects

this is the feels like acid/flashback symptoms

Room suddenly gets darker and goes negative

Lights get over bright

Objects look like liquid


-electric shocks

i know what you mean with that........i really made a fool out of myself with those....reckoning that it was coming from a a faulty electric meter in my mates flat...but then i got them when outside aswell.

this is my first post on this site but i have a hell of alot to say good and bad about hppd but i will do it when the moment takes me.

the most worrying parts of hppd for me is [a]memory loss.........sometimes i totally forget where i am when i look out the window[i think this is anxiety based though]and my working memory is terrible and since i run my own business...this can be really embarrassing with costumers and emplyees.

i get paranoia too witch really bothers me.

heres a list of all my other symtoms


can't fell my legs moving when i walk

panic attacks


twiches...i used to get these alot when i tried to sleep

loss of control over my mind

intense,surreal vision




A lot of floaters

Trouble Concentrating

Halos surrounding objects (mainly when I look into the mirror)

When I play a video game for a long time then go to sleep I can see things from the video game still there doing what they were doing in the video game with my eyes closed.

Depressing thoughts

and that's about it

Although many of the following have improved with time, I'll just go through the total inventory:

Psychological issues: depersonalization, anxiety, and panic attacks.


1) snow and static dispersed through the air, with heavy static covering blank or textured surfaces (especially strong in the dark)

2) flashing in my peripheral vision that resembles a strobe light effect

3) grainy movement in my peripheral vision

4) false perception of movement (e.g. stationary objects looking like they are sliding)

5) various minor distortions (e.g. objects looking like their dimensions are stretching, or bending)

6) derealization, which, as I understand it, entails things generally looking off or strange (e.g. things look cartoonish)

7) a variety of movements with my eyes closed, and continual flashing too.

'm going to go with what visuals I have off of Klonopin, as it makes most of my issues go away:

Panic attacks up to five times a day

Fear of impending death at any moment

Suicidal ideation

Somataform sensations all over my body - unrelenting head pressure, a feeling like my head is too heavy for my neck to support it, various aches and pains

Massive derealization - everything seems like it's made with bad CGI effects (except for people)

Thoughts seem to meld together and "loop". It's like my conscious, subconscious, and unconscious mind have melded together to a slight extent. It doesn't ever relent and it causes massive insomnia.

Very vivid, scary dreams

Pareidolias - Headlights of cars look like praying mantis eyes, demonic faces in clouds, random imagery popping out vividly, especially from towels and rugs due to their designs.

Both positive and negative after-images, but mostly negative after-images

People's faces tend to distort and look very demonic. If I'm especially panicky than this will also happen to people on tv. When this happens I get a weird feeling of having double-vision, though I don't actually experience it.

Looking through a car window everything looks like it's painted onto the window (2-D) and not actually outside of the car.

Mild Macropsia and Micropsia. Tends to be with my arms and hands. Sometimes in the shower it will seem like the shower curtain is towering much higher than it actually is.

Halos around objects - Don't really know how to describe it, but someone posted an image in the images thread that captures it perfectly. I also take back what I said there about it only happening to objects. I'm starting to notice it on people now too (but only under fluorescent lighting for some reason).

Visual snow - Mild, only when looking at light colored objects. Doesn't bother me, I've had this symptom since I was 14 and took DXM while on an SSRI.

Color distortion - Doesn't happen often, but sometimes if I stare at something long enough it seems like the colors intensify.

-Obsessive, strange, and irrational thoughts. I never act out on any of them, but some REALLY disturbing ideas pop into my head. Killing my family, for example.

-Strange, sketched out feelings when I'm under a lot of anxiety. Feels sort of "boxy" or as if I'm trapped. I have a tendancy to scratch, or rub my face when I'm in this mindset.

-Panic/anxiety. Seems to be on and off, and unpredictable. Changes with the wind.

-Moodiness; I'm not sure if this is due to HPPD, or being addicted to benzo's, but I'm very irritable, and get upset over small and irrational things.

-DP/DR. I feel disconnected from my life, my surroundings, and other people. I can see myself through my own eyes, and I can control myself, but I get a strange sensation that I'm just an observer, and don't really _feel_ my existence. This symptom seems to go away (for the most part) when I keep busy, or socialize.

-Tracers. I can watch something create a trail across my entire field of vision, and will last anywhere between 0.5 and 2 seconds. This is a particularily annoying symptom around people who talk with their hands, or if I'm outside on a summer day where birds, and bugs are flying everywhere.

-Static, or visual snow. Colorful little waterbug-esque things swim around, particularily on plain, bright surfaces. In the dark, I see colorful static, like a tv, only if the static were colorful.

-Warping of objects, size distortion. Things seem to grow, pulsate, and breathe when I look at them.

-Tunnel vision. Everything in my peripheral vision disappears, and I can only see what my eyes are directly focused on.

-Head pressure, extreme lethargy.



strong closed eye visuals-swirling color


strong afterimages of everything

felt like walking on a boat

peripheral vision movement

fast heart rate

sinking into bed/floor feeling when laying down

wake in nite to strong/fast strobe light effect in room

feeling depressed/doomed

static vision

heavy white visual snow when looking at sky



intense dreams

light sensitive

patterns moving

items breathing

severe headaches/pressure

anger/mood swings



static vision on surfaces/walls

heavy fast white snow when look at sky (seems like I could touch/catch it)

anxiety/panic occasionally

random dp/dr

headaches (especially after deep sleep)

occasional strobe effect in night (when deep sleeping)

light sensitivity (sun, flouresent)


STUFF related to hppd over 17 years (just learned of hppd past Nov.)

panic attacks


OCD due to fear of drug residue or something?

anorexia due to unknown food fear (drug tainted?)




Negative after-images

Closed eye visuals

Geomatric patterns

Movement of objects

Collours floating in vision (mostly purple)


Glitters in the sky

Seeing the air (you know what i mean )




Disturbed thinking

Bad concentration

Bad memory


Weird perceptions of reality



Mood swings


I probably forgot some symptoms


static, dull grey color, other times it's neon colors

floaters everywhere, both kinds

halos around whatever color I'm looking at

auras around people

things breathing and shifting around

patterns in carpets

colored blobs in my vision when I close my eyes

sometimes the room I'm in gets dimmer or brighter suddenly

(-) and (+) after-images on almost anything

light sensitivity

non visual:


head pressure

DP/DR, not so much when I'm with people, my mind just gets off it I suppose

clouded thoughts

bad memory

feelings where I want to hurt people or myself


mood swings

dizziness when I get up from sitting/laying down

the feeling of impending doom like I'm going to die any second (when major DP/DR sets)

my onset symptoms would have been

major DP/DR, static, floaters, (-) and (+) after-images

that's all at first then one day, wham-o

flashing, tracers, melting and breathing environment, closed eye visuals that look like the northern lights, visual snow, visual sperm, halos, starbursts, I feel like im on acid or mushrooms 24/7, nightmares , panic attacks, silver orbs that swim through my vision like tadpoles, racing thoughts, deppression, anxiety, DP/DR, cobweb floaters, scalp crawling and ears errect like when on acid, light sensitivity, see faces and objects form in carpets or walls or the sidewalk, brighter colors like neon looking, a shimmering or vibrating effect when I look at lines or read, afterimages, yesterday feels like it happened last year in a dream, pressure in my head that feels like when I took acid, and over all just zoned out like when your staring off into space on a day dream like being some where else but never snapping back into clarity. well thats all, I can explain alot of the stuff I feel, but theres also alot that I cant even find words for.

Hi David,

It i am surounded by universes and dimensions and vortexes into other realms

All the colours of the spectrum, sphears and very bright stars.

After walking inside on a sunny day i am blinded by visuals for up to 10 minutes.

Objects moveing, macrascopia, micrascopia..things breathing etc

When lights are off i am litrelally lost in space like in some far away cosmic star burst of some shit. Universes in universes.

can see the air and every type of geometric patterning within it of all most bright psychadelic colors constantly moveing and changeing....

Glowin halos, things melting into each other...The black and white television affect..particles of my hand lifting up into space.

Probarbly not a great description...best i can do 4 now as i am a little unewll.

Other things also include



Not being abble to hold my concentration at times

Difficulty conecting with other the way i would like when i am in this other place.

Thaught of Overdose to take this shit away at times.

Visuals -

Static : As described in another post... A good way to describe my static/snow is that it looks like there is a blank white, film strip movie, going on behind everything, and that everything has rips in it, on a different level than physically, and you can see through it and watch the film strip skipping frames behind the world. But the film strip picks up some color, as if the edges of the rips in the world, are transparent

World Has a Different Color Scheme : Everything in the world looks very cartoonish. Such as a Anime cartoon, that has darker colors. That is the best way to describe it.

Dream-Like Reality : It seems as if you could wake up, and go back to... well I know the exact day it would go back to. November 3rd 2006. Sometime I can see it, I feel like I could really wake up. Depressing sometimes.

Brightness : It is much brighter outside. I always have to wear sunglasses while driving. But it's really hard to drive with sunglasses on now.

Movement :

New - A couple of different situations. Last week I went running on a tread mill at the YMCA, and the first time since hppd. After running a mile and a half at 13mph, when I got off, the entire world was just moving out of place. I found it very difficult to walk. I must have looked like and Idiot. Yesterday I played guitar hero 3 for the first time. After playing for 10 minutes(very focused), I noticed the monitor was stretching upwards. I looked over and my couch was breathing (which I can refer to as we've all experienced it.) I went back to playing, and a few minutes later look over by my computer, and the computer chair is starting to move up above the computer. This morning after playing, I was watching my ashtray move across my kitchen table. It moved about a half a foot. Also the grain in the table was swirling.

Rocks - When on break at work in the summer, I would look at the rocks on the ground while I ate lunch (if no one was outside). I would focus on one rock, and all the other rocks would form patterns, and kind of shift into that one rock. The geometric shapes they formed where very interesting. They also would glow a lot. As soon as I would take my sight off of where I was directing focus, it would go back to normal. I would take a full thirty seconds for the rocks to form a very vivid design.

Grass does the same thing as rocks. I haven't seen either for a bit since it's winter.

Stress and Tiredness makes my visuals much much worse.

Mentally -

Anxiety : After going to watch a movie at a theater it gets very bad. I don't even want to drive after words, and it is very hard to do so.

I will get very bad headaches, and stomach pain. I hate school. I used to enjoy it so much, last semester. Now my anxiety is so bad, every time I have to go to class I freak out. I almost can't take it. My class on Tuesday, I was flipping out so much I wanted to cry, I had a exam to take and I was sure I was going to fail it. I finished first, and got 97.5% on the exam, without studying (normal for me).

The best way to explain it is.. I feel like I am at the very edge of the top of a plateau, and someone is standing directly behind me as I look down a half mile to the ground. When my anxiety gets bad, it feels like it is eminent that I am about to die.

If you can really imagine yourself in that situation, it's the best way to describe it.

Depression : I am very sad, and it is very hard to feel emotion, even when I know I should.

Pressure Headaches: I used to randomly get horrible pressure headaches in my frontal lobe. Hasn't beena problem lately.

Memory: Short term memory is slightly impared.

Visual Static more severe in darkness or blue sky

Movement in a static setting, this has been getting better.

Increased awareness of Floaters

Blood cells in my eyes are noticable on a white/light background

Mild Trails

Halos around lights






I get the exact same feelings with my breathing and heartbeat. Other involuntary body processes that i should not have to think about I end up concentrating on. Blinking, for example, I feel like i'm doing it to much, or i dont know how, or if i shut my eyes i cant keep them closed unless i strain. This can contribute to tearing up or squinting from sunlight and air currents.

Just a lot of things with my body seem out of whack and just random aches or pressing sensations in different body parts.

Other non-visual symptoms are overwhelming senses of defeat, depression, anxiety.

And for those who mentioned APATHY. that is a big one for me and it is really causing problems with school.

Visually, everything is so fucked up i could never list it all

unfortunately any scantron test or quiz i receive in school with hundreds of little bubbles are impossible. I'm very likely to make stupid mistakes or just give up all together with those.

LED lights or bright lights of any kind in a dark setting obscure details of any objects near them.

Colorful geometric static is constantly buzzing and clouding my vision, coating everything i see at all times so that it is often unbearable.

CEV's are STRONG. Having to stare into neverending vortexes of LSD/phenethylamine-like detail that keep coming and coming and coming at me is horrible. Sleep eludes me. Having my eyes open hurts my head and strains my vision, having them closed is even worse.

Reading books takes me longer because i have to concentrate so hard, and i'm tired afterward.

I'm an artist and even drawing is hard. The only thing in my life that still comes naturally and easily is writing, it still flows to me and is unhindered by my HPPD. It is my only source of a fleeting solace.

I'm only 16 and i've been living with this in all its intensity for about 6 months.

Drugs involved in this include 2c-i, LSD, Shrooms, DMT, MDMA, THC, and the list goes on.

I didnt even start smoking weed until last year, and intense HPPD suddenly began effecting me during last summer.

I'm worried. I dont know how i can go through life with this. There is still so much i want to experiment with, discover, experience, and enjoy. I wonder if all this noble effort will ever come to fruition, or if this HPPD thing is just too fucked up. I am hesitant to hope. I am unsure.

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Thank you for posting these symptoms, for it seems I have had some form of each you have mentioned. It's very isolating and nearly impossible to explain to normal folks. I go to AA meetings and before this happened I really enjoyed being there, but now it's gotten really hard. I go to smaller mtgs, but I still have trouble following the topic, looking at faces that seem to be moving, if a fan is going, oh my god, it's like super strobing. Still well worth it though and I do better one on one in a quiet spot without distractions. I take Neurontin, clonidine and Welbutrin which helps some. I'm open to other treatments. My most bothersome symptoms:

When I close my eyes it looks like thousands of black birds are flying around. And sometimes in the midst of this a gently moving glob like a lava lamp, usually in lavender or green.

All walls and surfaces are covered in squiggly lines and the air moves with visual snow, but I'm pretty used to it now.

Some tinnitus, strange feelings in my body, like my arms or legs don't belong to me (if I touch or massage these parts I feel a little more put together)

Anyway, I'm glad I'm not alone and I think we can help each other and it won't be as bad. This is about as long as my attention span lasts so bye for now. Alisa

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