What Is Delirium?
Delirium is often a scary word for someone and in fact it is a scary disorder. It is a complete state of confusion that affects your mental state to the point that you are unaware of what is going on around you. It develops very quickly and can leave you feeling confused, unaware of your surroundings, and disoriented. Besides your mental feelings it can also leave you with problems dealing with speech, memory, emotions, and your overall personality can change. Both for yourself and the people that are close to you, delirium can be very difficult and stressful to deal with.
As quickly as delirium comes, it can go away just as quickly. Usually the symptoms are temporary and last only for a few hours to a few days depending on the reason and treatment for the delirium. Delirium in itself is not serious, but the causes of delirium could be serious if you do not seek help immediately. Delirium is also not by classification a disorder, it is a syndrome which means that it is a pattern of symptoms grouped together. Delirium can only be treated when the underlying problem is treated to relieve you of the delirium.
Delirium can be brought on by yourself or medical conditions that you are affected with. Drug induced problems such as substance abuse, improper use of prescription medications, and substance withdrawal are the more common causes of delirium. Medical conditions include a high fever, head injury, pneumonia, and lack of oxygen to the brain, severe sleep deprivation, and Dementia. In the case of Dementia, the elderly are more at risk for delirium in this case since they are more prone to developing brain disorders.
When you or a family member notices that there have been symptoms of delirium, it is time to seek help immediately to see what can be causing this. A thorough medical exam can show any underlying problems that are causing delirium. You should not try to diagnose yourself, or to treat yourself, even with natural medicine. If, however, you find out the underlying cause, you can resort to natural remedies to help heal the symptoms or to promote better brain health. But first, you must find out the cause. Once you do, certain herbal medicines such as Melissa Officinalis, Lavender, and Passiflora Incarnata can be used to soothe your mind so that you are less confused and disoriented.
There are times you may have delirium because of certain infections which can be helped with natural remedies. Echinacea and Rooperii are immune boosters that can help considerably. Along with natural herbs such as ginger, Feverfew, White Willow Bark, and Meadowsweet can help a fever associated with infection to make your mind feel clearer and more active.
By working on your lifestyle as well, you are sure to be able to overcome the symptoms of delirium. This means getting enough sleep, eating a well balanced diet, and getting the proper exercise. Along with natural remedies you will feel better in no time.