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Confusion

How did you end up here? A sweet nurse just came in with your breakfast and told you that you were in the hospital. You remember that you had a procedure planned--something to do with your heart--but you don't remember checking in. She said it is Wednesday, so you must have been here several days. Apparently you've been quite a handful, ripping out your needles, wetting the bed, wandering into other patients' rooms, and screaming in the middle of the night. That's not like you, but you're too disoriented to really care.

The nurse gave you some medicine before she left, and you suddenly feel like drifting back to sleep. You'll sort it out when your family arrives.

This chapter covers the following topics:

  • Confusion
  • There Are Many Treatable Causes of Delirium

 

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Fifty Signs of Mental Illness: A Guide to Understanding Mental Health
Yale University Press / New Haven and London
Copyright © 2005 by James Whitney Hicks

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