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Delirium Due to Multiple Etiologies Symptoms and DSM-IV Diagnosis

Delirium Due to Multiple Etiologies Symptoms and Diagnosis Overview:

Delirium Due to Multiple Etiologies symptoms and diagnostic criteria follow below. While some of these Delirium Due to Multiple Etiologies symptoms may be recognized by family, teachers, legal and medical professionals,  and others, only  properly trained mental health professionals (psychologists, psychiatrists, professional counselors etc.) can or should even attempt to make a mental health diagnosis. Many additional factors are considered in addition to the Delirium Due to Multiple Etiologies symptoms in making proper diagnosis, including frequently medical and psychological testing considerations. This information on Delirium Due to Multiple Etiologies symptoms and diagnostic criteria are for information purposes only and should never replace the judgement and comprehensive assessment of a trained mental health clinician. 

Diagnostic criteria for Delirium Due to Multiple Etiologies

A.      Disturbance of consciousness (i.e., reduced clarity of awareness of the  environment) with reduced ability to focus, sustain, or shift, attention. 

B.       A change in cognition (such as memory deficit, disorientation, Ianguage disturbance) or the development of a perceptual disturbance that is not better accounted for by a preexisting, established, or evolving dementia. 

C.       The disturbance develops over a short period of time (usually hours to days) and tends to fluctuate during the course of the day.  

D.      There is evidence from the history, physical examination, or laboratory findings that the delirium has more than one etiology (e.g., more than one etiological general medical condition, a general medical condition plus Substance Intoxication or medication side effect). 

Coding Note: Use multiple codes reflecting specific delirium and specific etiologies, e.g., 293.0 Delirium Due to Viral Encephalitis; 291.0 Alcohol Withdrawal Delirium

Also, See other Diagnosis and Symptoms of Delirium, Dementia, and Amnestic and Other Cognitive Disorders

Other Mental Health Diagnostic Symptoms and Criteria


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