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Symptoms of Confusion

Symptoms of Confusion

Confusion may range from mild to severe. A person who is confused may:

  • Be unable to express his or her thoughts clearly.
  • Behave in an unusual, bizarre, or aggressive manner.
  • Have trouble solving problems and performing simple tasks.
  • Not know where he or she is. Be unable to recognize family members or familiar items.
  • Express firmly held but false beliefs (delusions).
  • See, hear, feel, smell, or taste things that are not really there (hallucinations or illusions).
  • Believe that others want to harm him or her (paranoia).

Last Revised: January 7, 2013

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & David Messenger, MD

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