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What is delirium?

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Delirium is a sudden, confused state of mind that may come and go over the day. People with delirium may have changes in the way they think. Their personality and behaviour may change quite a lot. They may have trouble paying attention to what’s going on around them or doing the things they normally can do.

Delirium is a warning sign that the person needs help right away. Call your family doctor, nurse, healthcare provider, or Health Link at 811.

Current as of: December 19, 2016

Author: Senior’s Health Strategic Clinical Network, Alberta Health Services