Terms And Definitions

You must first become familiar with terms and definitions of behavior emergencies as listed below.

a. Alcoholic Hallucinations. These are hallucinations that are seen in the alcoholic patient as part of the alcoholic withdrawal syndrome.

b. Anxiety. Anxiety is a feeling of apprehension, uncertainty, and fear with no identifiable cause (faceless fear).

c. Delirium. Delirium is disorientation for time and place, usually with hallucinations and delusions. It is a state of mental confusion and excitement.

d. Delirium Tremens. Delirium tremens is a serious manifestation of the alcohol withdrawal syndrome with restlessness, fever, confusion, agitation, disorientation, and hallucinations. These patients are extremely ill and have a high mortality rate.

e. Dementia. Dementia is an irreversible deterioration of intellectual faculties with emotional disturbance and disorientation; usually due to an organic disease of the brain (for example, "senile dementia" in the elderly).

f. Disorientation. Disorientation is a disturbed mental state characterized by confusion regarding one's relationship to physical surroundings, time, or person.

g. Disturbed. Being disturbed refers to having emotional problems--to be troubled emotionally or mentally.

h. Hallucinations. A hallucination is sensory impression (sight, touch, sound, smell, or taste) that has no basis in external stimulation. It can have psychological causes (mental illness) or can result from drugs, alcohol, or organic illnesses.

i. Intoxication. A person who is intoxicated is affected by alcohol or another drug to the point of losing physical and mental control.

j. Violent Behavior. Violent behavior is behavior that is potentially hazardous to the patient/casualty or others. It is not peculiar to any one type of diagnosis.

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