A delirium can appear on short notice and may also disappear on short notice. Causes of a delirium can be:
- Poisoning (from alcohol, drugs or medication)
- Abstinence of medicine or drugs
- Disorder of the hormone metabolism (diabetes)
- Infection diseases (pneumonia)
- Metabolism diseases (uremia)
- Heart and vascular diseases (coronary, stroke)
- Trauma of the skull or brain
A person suffering from a delirium has the following symptoms:
- Its consciousness is not clear, he sees its environment different from which it is and he makes a dizzy impression.
- He is disorientated; most of the time he does not know what time it is and where he is.
- He observes strange things; he sees and hears things which are not there.
- He cannot remember things because he is not clear.
These symptoms can be apparent in different levels of seriousness. A person can also have more trouble in the morning than at night.
There is always something physical going on with a delirium. The treatment of a delirium consists of a medical investigation to find the source and subsequently taking the cause away. Often the disease is solved after this.
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