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Ghennady V. Gushchin

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date: 24 October 2020

Delirium is the most frequent condition that requires a psychiatrist’s expertise in medical settings because it can mimic a wide range of mental disorders. Delirium should be considered as acute brain failure, which requires immediate clinical attention as well as aggressive multimodal therapy that targets the underlying medical condition. Delirium may occur in verbal and nonverbal patients and is a highly distressing experience for patients, families, caregivers, and medical personnel. Systematic education provided by psychosomatic physicians, as well as relentless efforts to improve the hospital environment and patients’ care, can prevent or minimize the risks of delirium.

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