01_Te: Delirium

A temporary state of confusion and disorientation that typically develops quickly and fluctuates.

Common symptoms:

  • Reduced awareness of surroundings and events
  • Delusions and hallucinations
  • Confused, loud or belligerent speech
  • Disorganized thought processes
  • Bizarre behavior
  • Fluctuating level of consciousness
  • The sudden change is usually because something has happened to upset the body’s equilibrium


  • High fever
  • Infections
  • Medications
  • Dehydration
  • Toxins in the system (such as alcohol)
  • Severe constipation or fecal impaction
  • Unfamiliar surroundings or people