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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
5 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Maureen Nash
Psychiatry - Geriatric
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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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