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Princeton, WV
A 67-year-old female asked:

Cannot find anyone who knows anything about delirium. my mom is being written off as having dementia when this came on suddenly, within days and weeks?

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Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry 36 years experience
Dementia vs delirium: A sudden onset is more typical of delirium, but doesn't rule out dementia. A patient with either diagnosis should not be "written off" — there are reversible causes of dementia. Your mother needs a neurological work-up to clarify the diagnosis and to look for contributing (& reversible) causes of her change in mental state.
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 24 years experience
Complex: Sorting these issues out can be difficult. Contact your moms primary care provider to help sort things out. A psychiatrist with experience in this area can be very helpful too.

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Last updated Nov 27, 2017

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