Altered Mental Status
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- “Acute mental status change” is a vague and often misleading term that can encompass any change in a patient’s mood, behavior, psychomotor skills, and/or cognition.
- This includes level of alertness and orientation.
- Frequently, the term is used to describe delirium.
- Some conceptualize delirium as resulting from a breakdown of brain function in individuals with impairments in brain connectivity and brain plasticity exposed to a stressor.
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Last updated: April 10, 2018
Gimelshteyn, Yelena, and Peter V Rabins. "Altered Mental Status." Johns Hopkins Psychiatry Guide, 2018. Johns Hopkins Guide, www.hopkinsguides.com/hopkins/view/Johns_Hopkins_Psychiatry_Guide/787028/all/Altered_Mental_Status.
Gimelshteyn Y, Rabins PV. Altered Mental Status. Johns Hopkins Psychiatry Guide. 2018. https://www.hopkinsguides.com/hopkins/view/Johns_Hopkins_Psychiatry_Guide/787028/all/Altered_Mental_Status. Accessed September 21, 2019.
Gimelshteyn, Y., & Rabins, P. V. (2018). Altered Mental Status. In Johns Hopkins Psychiatry Guide. Available from https://www.hopkinsguides.com/hopkins/view/Johns_Hopkins_Psychiatry_Guide/787028/all/Altered_Mental_Status
Gimelshteyn Y, Rabins PV. Altered Mental Status [Internet]. In: Johns Hopkins Psychiatry Guide. ; 2018. [cited 2019 September 21]. Available from: https://www.hopkinsguides.com/hopkins/view/Johns_Hopkins_Psychiatry_Guide/787028/all/Altered_Mental_Status.
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