Confusion is a state of disorientation or not being able to think clearly. People with confusion may develop quickly or over a longer period of time. Symptoms may include memory, language, or thinking problems. Some may have difficulty paying attention or switching from one subject to another.
There are several causes of confusion:
- Medication side effects
- Low blood sugar
- Low blood pressure
- Head injury
- Alcohol withdrawal
- Underlying infection
A healthcare provider needs to be consulted immediately for anyone with signs or symptoms of confusion. Treatment will depend on the cause. The provider will ask a series of questions and have you do certain commands to determine the severity of your symptoms and the plausible cause of the confusion.