Confusion in older adults-understanding “delirium”

Confusion in older adults More highly recognized by laypeople as a relatively abrupt onset of confusion in older adults, delirium plagues so many patients yet it is severely underdiagnosed and under-recognized   Many physicians do not recognize what this is because the symptoms appear to be completely psychiatric. While psychiatric in appearence, the confusion in older adults is usually medical in nature.  Although it is very hard to seperate medical v. psychiatric since I believe that psychiatry is simply one branch of medicine, but for simplicity, I will differentiate medical as more classic non-psychiatric illnesses and psychiatric as the more obvious classic symptoms people think of. What is Delirium then? In general it is a relatively rapidly onset of confusion in older adults and other medically compromised, people. Several criteria exist to officially diagnosis the problem but the gist of what happens is somebody who is functioning normally, with no apparent problems with personality, memory or behavior, begin to act very different.  They often hallucinate or become very paranoid, even...
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