Intoxication Delirium Symptoms and DSM-IV Diagnosis
Intoxication Delirium Symptoms and Diagnosis Overview:
symptoms and diagnostic criteria follow below. While some of these Substance
Intoxication Delirium 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 Substance Intoxication Delirium
symptoms in making proper diagnosis, including frequently medical and
psychological testing considerations. This information on Substance
Intoxication Delirium 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 Substance Intoxication
consciousness (i.e., reduced clarity of awareness of the environment) with
reduced ability to focus, sustain, or shift attention.
change in cognition (such as memory deficit, disorientation, language
disturbance) or the development of a perceptual disturbance that is not better
accounted for by a preexisting, established, or evolving dementia.
disturbance develops over a short period of time (usually hours to days) and
tends to fluctuate during the course of the day.
evidence from the history, physical examination, or laboratory findings of
either (1) or (2):
in Criteria A and B developed during Substance Intoxication
medication use is etiologically related to the disturbance
diagnosis should be made instead of a diagnosis of Substance
Intoxication only when the cognitive
symptoms are in excess of those usually associated with the intoxication
syndrome and when the symptoms are sufficiently severe to warrant independent
diagnosis should be recorded as Substance-Induced Delirium if
related to medication use. Refer to
Appendix G for E-codes indicating specific medications.
(291.0 Alcohol; 292.81
Amphetamine [or Amphetamine-Like Substance]; 292.81 Cannabis; 292.81 Cocaine;
292.81 Hallucinogen; 292.81 Inhalant; 292.81 Opioid; 292.81 Phencyclidine [or
Phencyclidine-Like Substance]; 292.81 Sedative, Hypnotic, or Anxiolytic; 292.81
Other [or Unknown]
Also, See other Diagnosis and Symptoms of Delirium,
Dementia, and Amnestic and Other Cognitive Disorders
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