Withdrawal Delirium Symptoms and DSM-IV Diagnosis
Withdrawal Delirium Symptoms and Diagnosis Overview:
symptoms and diagnostic criteria follow below. While some of these Substance
Withdrawal 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
symptoms in making proper diagnosis, including frequently medical and
psychological testing considerations. This information on Substance
Withdrawal 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 Withdrawal Delirium
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.
There is evidence from the history, physical
examination, or laboratory findings the symptoms in Criteria A and B developed
during, or shortly after, a withdrawal syndrome.
should be made instead of a diagnosis of Substance Withdrawal only when the
cognitive symptoms are in excess of those usually associated with the withdrawal
syndrome and when the symptoms are sufficiently severe to warrant clinical
[Specific Substance] Withdrawal Delirium:
Alcohol; 292.81 Sedative, Hypnotic, or Anxiolytic; 292.81 Other[ or
Also, See other Diagnosis and Symptoms of Delirium,
Dementia, and Amnestic and Other Cognitive Disorders
Other Mental Health
Diagnostic Symptoms and Criteria