Episodes Of Confusion/Disorientation

What Causes Confusion Or Disorientation?

Confusion or disorientation can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'minor' to 'generally fatal'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose confusion or disorientation, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "confusion or disorientation" as a symptom.  Here are eight of many possibilities (more below):
  • Electrical Hypersensitivity
  • West Nile Virus
  • Valley Fever (Coccidioidomycosis)
  • Aspartame/Neotame Side-Effects
  • Mercury Toxicity
  • Senile Dementia
  • Epstein-Barr Virus
  • Fluorosis

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
severe fatigue after slight exertion
dark spots on gums
chest tightness
extreme moodiness
weak appetite
significant abdominal pain
regular episodes of diarrhea
occasional odd skin sensations
somewhat disturbed sleep
frequent severe earaches
swollen cervical nodes
current atypical headaches
... and more than 110 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of confusion or disorientation:
Cause Probability Status
Fluorosis 94% Confirm
Aspartame/Neotame Side-Effects 23% Unlikely
Valley Fever (Coccidioidomycosis) 15% Unlikely
West Nile Virus 1% Ruled out
Senile Dementia 0% Ruled out
Mercury Toxicity 0% Ruled out
Epstein-Barr Virus 0% Ruled out
Electrical Hypersensitivity 0% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate unusual mental conditions/symptoms, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Do you suffer from episodes of confusion or disorientation?
Possible responses:
→ Don't know
→ No
→ Occasionally
→ Often
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate no confusion/disorientation, occasional confusion/disorientation or frequent confusion/disorientation, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:

Dehydration reduces blood flow to the brain and therefore also the amount of oxygen that it receives, which can cause confusion.

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