Delirium is a major disturbance in attention and orientation to the environment. As the person’s focus becomes less clear, he or she has great difficulty concentrating and thinking in an organized way, leading to misinterpretations, illusions, and on occasion, hallucinations. Sufferers may believe that it is morning in the middle of the night or that they are home when actually they are in a hospital room. Generally, delirium has a sudden onset (hours or days), a brief and fluctuating course, and rapid improvement. Delirium may occur in any age group, including children, but is most common in elderly people. Fever, certain diseases and infections, poor nutrition, head injuries, strokes, and stress (including the trauma of surgery) may all cause delirium. Delirium often involves perceptual disturbances, abnormal psychomotor activity, and sleep cycle impairment.
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