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Can delirium be caused by deep denial?

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Dr. Catherine Willner
Neurology 36 years experience
Yes, if: If by sleep denial you mean deprivation or reduced sleep, delirium is possible. There are many other things that can cause delirium and if happening should be assessed. Sometimes patients with delirium cannot sleep, so please see a practitioner to address cause(s).
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 25 years experience
No: Delirium is a confusional state caused by a medical or neurological condition with pschiaric symptoms. It is not caused by a psychological issue like denial. Delirium is accompanied by a number of neurotransmitter abnormalities as well as electrical abnormalities of brain functioning. Psychological issues can cause a number of difficulties but not this medical one.

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