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can delirium be caused by deep denial?

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Dr. Catherine Willner
Neurology 35 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 24 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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A 24-year-old member asked:

What are the complications of delirium?

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Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 24 years experience
It is serious: And it can lead to temporary or permanent loss of functioning and dementia if not recognized and treated. One study shows that if symptoms do not resolve in 2 weeks there is a permanent loss of functioning in older adults.
A 26-year-old member asked:

Does delirium contribute to poor hospital outcomes?

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Dr. Joseph Roosth
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Absolutely.: I am giving the simple answer here. Research has shown that delirum during a hospital stay is associated with a significant risk of both immediate and post hospital stay complications. The good news is that if recognized, delirium is usually treatable. Physicians, hospitals and medical educators are now paying much attention to this complex problem.
A 23-year-old member asked:

What are some common treatments for delirium?

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Dr. Joseph Roosth
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
It varies a lot: Frequent redirection and orientation. Ensureing adequate hydration. Reducing overstimulation. Special sense evaluation such as making sure patients have their teeth, hearing aids. Avoiding drugs known to be associated with delirium. Appropriate drug therapy with antipsychotics as first line, especially haloperidol.
A 32-year-old member asked:

What is delirium nocturnum?

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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
Internal Medicine 50 years experience
Going nuts at night.: Delirium is a term used for abrupt onset of a confused, disoriented, psychotic (out of touch with reality) state. It is usually short lived, but depending on what kind of delirium, it could be very serious, even fatal (such as delirium tremens caused by abrupt untreated alcohol withdrawal). D. Nocturum is also called sun downing, where certain people develop delirium around sundown. Needs doc.
A 35-year-old member asked:

What causes someone to have acute delirium?

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Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 24 years experience
An illness: Delirium is a syndrome that involves confusion, poor attention, and other symptoms. It is most often seen in seeverely ill people who are hospitalized. Drug use and drug withdrawl can also cause it. People with dementia and other brain illnesses are at highest risk.

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