How is delirium diagnosed?
Healthcare providers look for problems with attention, memory, orientation and visual ability. Providers may ask the person to perform a few simple tasks, such as spelling a short word backward or doing a basic math problem.
A provider may diagnose delirium if the person:
- Can’t focus or shift attention.
- Has changes in thinking.
- Has a rapid onset of thinking problems, which may change throughout the day.
What tests are used to diagnose delirium?
After asking about the person’s symptoms, healthcare providers do a physical exam. They may also use other tests to help identify a cause, including: