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Doctor insights on: Could It Be Something Bad If I Have Decreased Mental Status

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What is the definition or description of: decreased mental status?

What is the definition or description of: decreased mental status?

Confusion: Decreased or altered mental status is a clinical description of an individual who is not oriented to person, place or time. It can be a symptom of infection, stroke, seizures, or any thing that messes with the brain. ...Read more

Decreased Mental Status (Definition)

Decreased or altered mental status is a clinical description of an individual who is not oriented to person, place or time. It can be a symptom of infection, stroke, seizures, or any thing that ...Read more


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What does altered mental status mean?

What does altered mental status mean?

AMS: It means that you have an alteration of consciousness and waxing and waning between being clear and confused. ...Read more

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Can cdiff cause alterations in mental status?

Can cdiff cause alterations in mental status?

Indirectly: Diarrhea from C diff infection may cause dehydration and electrolyte imbalance that may affect mental status. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is altered mental status?

What sort of problem is altered mental status?

Confusion: Altered mental status is just a medical term for "confusion" which can be caused by a multitude of things. Anything from an infection, to drugs, to electrolyte imbalances and organ failure can all cause altered mental status. ...Read more

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What does it mean if I have altered mental status?

Altered mental state: Altered mental status means that someone thinks your mind and behavior are significantly different than your usual way of being. Common causes are extreme fatigue, medications, alcohol, drugs, toxins, nervous system infections, shock, blood stream infections, diabetes crises, severe low sodium or high glucose, low oxygen, kidney failure, etc. Often you would not be aware of these changes. ...Read more

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What are the signs of altered mental status 2 shock?

What are the signs of altered mental status 2 shock?

Confusion/Lethargy: Several types of shock: cardiogenic, septic, hypovolemic etc. Patients with any of these will be treated in the ICU and are treated diffirently depending on the type. These patients have decreased awareness may hallucinate, aggitated and pulling lines out etc. They can be on and off to with signs such as deliuium, decreased cognition. Many different symptoms depending on the nature of the shock. ...Read more

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How can doctors assess a child's mental health status?

How can doctors assess a child's mental health status?

Child's MH: A Child Psychiatrist obtains thorough history from family or caretakers, performs Mental status exam, and orders further testing such as Psychological testing, to provide provisional diagnosis. ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms of altered mental status?

Symptom...: Altered mental status is a symptom....It can be caused by many problems ranging from a simple urinary tract infection to a stroke. Altered mental status should always be treated as an emergency and be evaluated by a physician asap. ...Read more

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How can abstaining from alcohol improve your mental health status?

How can abstaining from alcohol improve your mental health status?

Alcohol & Depression: Long term use of alcohol is associated with depression. Over time, it can deplete serotonin, thus, while you may feel good with that initial "buzz," coming down can take you back to that same sad place you started from, leading you to a vicious cycle of trying to chase away the blues. Staying away can help you get a good nights rest, replenish neurotransmitters and help you see more clearly later ...Read more

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What test should all patients with a altered mental status have?

What test should all patients with a altered mental status have?

Mental Status Exams: As i mentioned earlier, the basic domains of a person's mental state include: appearance, attitude, behavior, mood and affect, speech, thought process, thought content, perceptions, cognition, insight, and judgment. These vital signs of a person's mental status are typically assessed during a mental status evaluation. Other domains may also be assessed, and specific tests may be done when needed. ...Read more