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Delirium Due to General Medical Condition Symptoms and DSM-IV Diagnosis

Delirium Due to General Medical Condition Symptoms and Diagnosis Overview:

Delirium Due to General Medical Condition symptoms and diagnostic criteria follow below. While some of these Delirium Due to General Medical Condition 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 Delirium Due to General Medical Condition symptoms in making proper diagnosis, including frequently medical and psychological testing considerations. This information on Delirium Due to General Medical Condition 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 293.0 Delirium Due to .. . [Indicate the General Medical Condition]

A.      Disturbance of consciousness (i.e., reduced clarity of awareness of the environment) with reduced ability to focus, sustain, or shift attention.

B.      A 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.

C.      The disturbance develops over a short period of time (usually hours to days) and tends to fluctuate during the course of the day.

D.      There is evidence from the history, physical examination, or laboratory findings that the disturbance is caused by the direct physiological consequences of a general medical condition.

Coding note: If delirium is superimposed on a preexisting Dementia of the Alzheimer's Type or Vascular Dementia, indicate the delirium by coding the appropriate subtype of the dementia, e.g., 290.3 Dementia of the Alzheimer's Type, With Late Onset, With Delirium.

Coding Note: Include the name of the general medical condition on Axis I, e.g., 293.0 Delirium Due to Hepatic Encephalopathy; also code the general medical condition on Axis III.

Also, See other Diagnosis and Symptoms of Delirium, Dementia, and Amnestic and Other Cognitive Disorders

Other Mental Health Diagnostic Symptoms and Criteria


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