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What is Confusion ?

Confusion is a symptom that makes you feel as if you can’t think clearly. You might feel disoriented and have a hard time focusing or making decisions. Confusion is also referred to as disorientation. In its extreme state, it’s referred to as delirium.

Confusion is a term that refers to a decline in cognitive ability, that is, our ability to think, learn and understand. A decline in cognitive ability is often associated with dementia.

Symptoms of confusion include problems with short-term memory, difficulty carrying out tasks, poor attention span, unclear speech, and difficulty in following a conversation.

What are the signs of confusion?

Some signs of confusion include:

  • slurring words or having long pauses during speech
  • abnormal or incoherent speech
  • lacking awareness of location or time
  • forgetting what a task is while it’s being performed
  • sudden changes in emotion, such as sudden agitation

What are the underlying causes of confusion?

There are a number of factors that can cause confusion, from serious health problems to vitamin deficiencies. Alcohol intoxication is a common cause of confusion.
Other causes include:
Concussion
A concussion is a brain injury that occurs as a result of head trauma. A concussion can change someone’s level of alertness as well as their judgment, coordination, and speech.
Dehydration
Your body loses fluids everyday through sweating, urination, and other bodily functions. If you don’t replace these fluids often enough, you could eventually become dehydrated..

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