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delirium

a state of excitement and mental confusion, often accompanied by hallucinations, caused by high fever, poisoning, brain injury, etc.

Delirium

 

the totality of ideas and concepts not corresponding to reality, distorting reality, and not lending themselves to correction. Delirium completely takes possession of the consciousness and is characterized by the destruction of logical thinking. It is a symptom of many mental illnesses (for example, schizophrenia and alcoholism).

There are two varieties of delirium. In so-called primary delirium, rational, logical cognition is affected; distorted judgment is consistently reinforced by a series of subjective proofs having their own system. This type of delirium is persistent and has a tendency to be progressive. “Emotional” delirium is characterized by images, primarily day-dreams and fantasies; ideas are fragmentary and inconsistent; and rational and emotional cognition are disturbed. Delirium can be eliminated when the underlying illness is cured.


Delirium

 

clouding of consciousness that generally occurs at the height of an infectious disease and is accompanied by a flood of vivid visual hallucinations, raving, and motor excitation. Delirium provoked by alcohol is called delirium tremens.

delirium

[di′lir·ē·əm]
(medicine)
Severely disordered mental state associated with fever, intoxication, head trauma, and other encephalopathies.

Delirium

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In the delirium of fever, and in the full possession of his reason, he has the same dreadful doubt of me.
In my delirium I wandered deep beneath the ground through a thousand of these dens, and behind locked doors of iron I suffered and died a thousand deaths.
And Larry, under the bridge, had no delirium like mine.
If you persist in disregarding his entreaties, if you let the delirium go on for four-and-twenty hours more, he is a dead man.
she asked, ere it came to her that his eyes were unseeing and that he was in delirium.
No, it was not only spring delirium," said Dounia, with warm feeling.
He prefers "the dementias, the backwardnesses, the deliriums, the ecstasies and agonies, the breakdowns in mental skills" they experience, "more than the all too excellent mental skills of the metaphysicians.
As a rule deliriums are, when contrasted with dementia, more than symptomatically treatable and may in fact be reversible.
Sundowning or nocturnal delirium can be defined as a marked increase in confusion, disorientation and possibly agitation in an elderly or severely cognitively impaired subject at sunset or when daylight is reduced.
A number of studies have looked to account for nocturnal delirium in various ways including in terms of disturbance in circadian rhythm and/or changes in sleep cycles.
DELIRIUM is very common and can be very scary for patients and their relatives.
Delirium is defined as a temporary state of confusion which could be constant or fluctuating.