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what are delusions and delirium?

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Dr. Albert C. Cuetter
Neurology 58 years experience
Neuropsychiatry: Delusion: is a false belief that is maintained even though it is contradicted by reasoning. It is a psychiatric disorder. For example if i think I am george washington or that i talk to god, that I am a special mesenger from god all these are delusions. Delirium is acute brain syndrome produced by disease during which patients are confused, hallucinate, and have global impairment of thinking;.
Dr. Asim Rana
Dr. Asim Rana commented
Psychiatry 27 years experience
I will add further that in delirium there is altered and fluctuating level of alertness or consciousness which is the hall mark of delirium. Secondly delusions are chronic persisting illness versus delirium which is acute mostly short lived condition either due to infections, drugs, traumatic or metabolic in origin.Rest of the above answer I agree to.
Dec 5, 2012
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 24 years experience
Symptom vs syndrome: Delusions are fixed false beliefs for example that someone is trying to kill you. Delusions can be seen in many different illnesses including delirium. Delirium is a medical condition that evolves fairly quickly involving trouble with attention, vital sign fluctuations, confusion and even hallucinations. Finding the cauuse and treating the person are very important.

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What are delusions and hallucinations?

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Dr. Ray Holt
Dr. Ray Holtanswered
Family Medicine 28 years experience
I'll explain: Delusions are when you think something is happening and it's not. For instance you may think you're the president of the United States, but you're not. That's a delusion (unless you're an african american senator from illinois). A hallucination is where you sense something that's not there. It can be something you think you smell or see for example that's not really there.
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How is the diagnosis of delirium tremens made?

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Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 24 years experience
History: History of alcohol abuse, time since last use, elevated temperature/pulse/blood pressure and sometimes visual hallucinations.
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A 36-year-old member asked:

What's the between dementia and delirium?

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Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 24 years experience
Attention vs memory: Delirium is also known as acute confusional state or encephalopathy and involves impairments in attention and other areas of brain functioning. It is usually cause by infections, medications, surgery or anesthesia. Dementia is a general term for those illensses that cause memory problems, language problems, problem soving problems etc. Dementia greatly increases the risk of delirium.
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What is agitated delirium?

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Dr. Lionel Lim
Geriatrics 24 years experience
Confusional state: Delirium is an acute state of confusion. It can be triggered by any medical illness, medication or intoxication of culprit substances. Susceptible people tend to be older, frailer, with pre-existing health conditions (e.g. Dementia). There are 2 main types of delirium: the agitated form that makes people combative and aggressive; or the hypoactive form (more common) that causes lethargy.
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What is exhaustion delirium?

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Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 24 years experience
Not a diagnosis.: There is no medical term exhaustion delirium but perhaps this is referring to dehydration from heat exhaustion causing confusion.

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