I hope you’re all having a great day! I am! I’ve actually been wanting to make this post for a while, and I have no idea how I haven’t made it months ago, really I don’t know.
Phantosmia is the hallucination of a smell, perceiving a smell that isn’t there or perceiving one smell as another. For instance smelling olives instead of spaghetti, and I’m saying this for personal experience 😂.
There’s another type called cacosmia where you smell basically unpleasant things like rotten, spoiled, burnt… this one is more common.
Wikipedia says that it can be caused by
sh*t like: “nasal infections, nasal polyps, or dental problems. It can result from neurological conditions such as migraines, head injuries, strokes, Parkinson’s disease, seizures, or brain tumors. It can also be a symptom of certain mental disorders such as depression, bipolar disorder, intoxication or withdrawal from drugs and alcohol, or psychotic disorders”.
But I went to the doctor, the ENT specialist, a psychologist and a psychiatrist and I don’t have any of those things. I mean, I should trust them, right? Also I have a theory on why I got this, we’ll discuss it right now.
In my case it’s a mental thing, it’s not related to the nose or anything that’s wrong with the nasal cavities or my nose, I think it has more to do with the area where the sense of smell is processed, the olfactory lobe.
When did I get it and how?
The first time I smelled something that wasn’t there was when I was 14, I believe. I was in my car, me and my parents were on our way to the mall and I could smell the guy I had a crush on at the time. At the time I thought: Oh, how cute, my brain is remembering him. 😊
Um, excuse me miss? That’s not supposed to happen? What’s the scientific reason for that?!
And then when I was 16 (I’m 17 so it hasn’t been that long, this happened about a year ago) I went through a hard time because I changed schools and I missed actually the same guy I could smell before and I started not only smelling him but also other things.
One day during a mental breakdown I was going through (cause that week I was feeling like utter crap) I remember entering history class and smelling a very strong candy smell. No one else smelled it. *oh and don’t get me wrong, nobody in school knew I was going though that, it’s not that I was crying before smelling that or anything* But it was funny thinking back 😂😂
And since then I’ve been having smell hallucinations every once in a while, sometimes more and less often.
So my theory is that me feeling bad affected my brain and that was translated into phantosmia. To be honest that’s one of the least harming things that could’ve happened to my health and I’m thankful that that’s the only thing that has happened.
Is it a bad thing?
I mean, considering I don’t really mind smelling those things and the fact that I don’t have any of the related illnesses… I think I’m good. I don’t think it should be a problem.
Moral of the story + mental health “advice”
I think what you can take away with this post is that no matter what you’re going through, don’t let the bad feelings and negative thoughts ruin your day or control you, because sadness and feeling bad can affect your body in ways you can’t even imagine. For real there was a period where I firmly believed I was gonna develop schizophrenia, no joke, I was terrified.
Everything can get better, believe me, at first I thought I was never getting over it. Don’t stress over things you can’t control, sometimes you just have to prioritize your health and take care of it, because it’s priceless.
The brain is very powerful and you have to take care of it.
Share your thoughts with me!
Do you hallucinate smells too? Have you ever hallucinated? How does stress or sadness affect your body? Are you like me and google every single little wrong thing that happens in your body? Tell meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
I hope you liked this post as much as I liked making it! Next time I get something I’ll tell you lol 😂😂😂 I hope you have an amazing day/night and an amazing week! Hope to see you soon!