Delirium is when you depart from normal cognitive brain function, and it can be brought on by a variety of causes ranging from certain medications to diseases to infections and injuries. It can creep up suddenly and disguise itself as another problem, namely dementia.
The Mayo Clinic said symptoms of delirium “begin over a few hours or a few days,” and that people experiencing delirium can go in and out of it throughout the day. Let’s take a closer look at six signs and symptoms of delirium to avoid any confusion…
1. Disregard of Surroundings
The Mayo Clinic also explains symptoms of delirium can be increased at night, especially if someone is unfamiliar with their environment. However, speaking of environment, the clinic notes outside stimuli may have less of an effect on the patient, and they may respond in ways you don’t expect them to.
This can mean a lack of awareness about what people are saying and instead repeating the same thoughts. A sufferer of delirium may also be easily distracted by things around them that aren’t important, adds the source.