Expert Assessment of Confusion
Most people have temporary moments of confusion from time to time. Sudden confusion is more serious. Sudden confusion, also called delirium, is a rapid change in mental status. Delirium can start over several hours to days, and it can result in confused or disorganized thinking and lack of awareness about your environment.
Anyone experiencing delirium should be seen by a doctor immediately. With prompt diagnosis, many causes of confusion are treatable, or even reversible.
At Dignity Health, you can trust our emergency care team to treat you and your loved ones with respect and personal care when you are experiencing confusion in the Bay Area.
Causes of Confusion
Certain mental and physical health conditions can cause confusion, including:
- Abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias) and heart attack
- Brain hemorrhage (bleeding) or stroke
- Chemical or electrolyte imbalance
- Drug or alcohol abuse or withdrawal
- Liver or kidney failure
- Medication overdose or toxicity
- Severe physical pain or emotional distress
Symptoms Related to Confusion
Sudden confusion may occur along with other symptoms, including:
- Agitation or restlessness
- Being dazed or reduced alertness
- Disorientation to time or place
- Inability to pay attention or stay focused
- Emotional disturbances
- Excessive drowsiness
Delirium and dementia have similar symptoms. But, they are different problems with different causes. Reporting all symptoms to your doctor can help them make the most accurate diagnosis.
Confusion: Diagnosis & Treatment
Your doctor at Dignity Health in the Bay Area may use tests, such as imaging exams and blood tests, along with physical exams and careful observation to diagnose the cause of sudden confusion or delirium. Having the right diagnosis is the first step in planning your specialized treatment strategy.
Don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have sudden confusion or delirium in the Bay Area. Experts at Dignity Health are here to help.
Dignity Health offers emergency care for confusion in San Francisco, Santa Cruz, and Redwood City.