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Evaluation for Dementia versus Delirium


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The first case study that involves an 80 years old male is delirium. This is because; he seems to have started experiencing these dues to the injury which might have developed the condition of acute confusion, memory lapse and occasional visual hallucination due to the medication. The risk factors include aging, multiple medication and vision impairment which seem to be the conditions he has been going through (Lippmann & Pergola, 2016).

The second case seems to be mental disorder that can be termed as delirium too. This is because the teacher who is 65 years old developed suddenly and disorganized her communication coherence. The condition caused her to develop unintentional paraphrasic mistakes in her communication. The condition may make her extra alert and bring her down to drowsier as the evening approaches (Rieger, 2015).

The third condition is likely to be a delusion behavioral change. The employee who is 48 years has been a successful employee for the past 20 years and is now withdrawn from the production team. He might have perceived something or underwent and experienced that has impacted him negatively. In such a case, the employee is feeling sabotaged and does not want anything to do with the team or the company any more (Rieger, 2015).

The fourth case involves a 16 years female that seems to be distracted from the normal life productiveness due to overworking and exhaustiveness. Exhaustion is a condition that will need the participant to engage in active activities for her to remain alert. She is drowsy because of the part time work which seemingly does not give her enough rest. She needs to cut her part time schedule and get enough rest (Rieger, 2015).

The fifth case involves a brain lapse which might be caused by the accident which he was involved in. brain lapse causes the victim to fail to connect a series of events and thus cannot sustain a long conversation. The patient is well educated and has been productive implying that he has been healthier before the accident. Accidents may not leave a victim with post-trauma but may cause brain lapse (Rieger, 2015).


Lippmann, S., & Pergola, M. L. (2016). Delirium or Dementia?. Innovations in clinical neuroscience13(9-10), 56.

Rieger, S. M. (2015). Personality and Behavior Changes Subsequent to Traumatic Brain Injury: A Review of the Literature. Int J Emerg Ment Health17, 196.

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