Chronic Confusion

Definition: Irreversible, long-standing, and/or progressive deterioration of intellect and personality characterized by decreased ability to interpret environmental stimuli;decreased capacity for intellectual thought processes; and manifested by disturbances of memory, orientation, and behavior.


RELATED FACTORS

  • Alzheimer’s disease [dementia of the Alzheimer’s type]
  • Korsakoff’s psychosis
  • [AIDS dementia]
  • [Depression]
  • other on the book..


DEFINING CHARACTERISTICS

Objective

  • Clinical evidence of organic impairment
  • Altered interpretation/response to stimuli
  • Progressive/long-standing cognitive impairment
  • No change in level of consciousness [disorientation, difficulties with attention, concentration,judgment, behavior]
  • other on the book...


SAMPLE CLINICAL APPLICATIONS: brain injury/stroke, dementia/Alzheimer’s disease, medication adverse reactions, drug/alcohol abuse, malnutrition/eating disorders, chemical exposure


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