Confusion Treatment Online

Confusion occurs when someone cannot think clearly or is disoriented.


Confusion symptoms can vary, but patients typically experience:

  • Disorganized thoughts
  • Unusual behavior
  • Difficulty problem solving
  • Delusion
  • Hallucinations
  • Paranoia
  • And more.

Diagnosing and Treating Confusion Online

Confusion is when someone feels like they cannot think clearly or are disoriented. There are a number of causes for confusion, which can range in severity. These causes include:

  • A seizure
  • Decreased blood flow to the brain
  • Head injury
  • Lack of oxygen to the brain
  • Low blood sugar levels
  • Dehydration

Confusion may develop quickly or over a longer period of time. If it’s associated with an underlying condition, for example delirium or dementia, it may be permanent. But often times confusion is temporary.

Some signs of confusion include abnormal speech, lack of awareness, forgetting what task is being performed, and abnormal changes in emotion.

During a video consult on Amwell your doctor will ask you a series of targeted questions to determine if your symptoms point to confusion. Your provider will recommend in-person examination by a specialist if needed. Your treatment plan is based on the duration and severity of your symptoms and your medical history.

Once a diagnosis has been made, your doctor will refer you to your primary care physician where you can have an in-person visit. Treatment for confusion is different depending on the severity.

Options for treatment of confusion differ by cause, but may include:

  • Correcting nutritional imbalances
  • Drinking water
  • Reducing stress
  • Resting
  • Reviewing medications to check for drug interactions


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Got Questions? We’ve Got Answers.

See below for answers to some of our most common questions. You can also call us anytime 24 hours a day at 1‑844‑SEE‑DOCS for questions about our services or to speak to a doctor about your symptoms or conditions.

  • What are some less frequent causes of confusion?

    Less frequent causes of confusion include an infection in the brain or its lining, an imbalance of salts and minerals in the blood, underactive thyroid gland, vitamin B1 deficiency, Cushing’s disease, and an epileptic seizure.

  • How do you prevent confusion?

    Some lifestyle changes may help prevent confusion including eating a balanced diet, drinking plenty of water, getting rest, reducing stressors, trying to learn new things, limiting alcohol intake, and seeking treatment for depression.

  • How do you approach someone experiencing confusion?

    To check whether or not someone is experiencing confusion, ask the person his or her first name, age, and the date. If someone is confused, always introduce yourself, even if you know this person well. Remind this person of his or her location, place a calendar or clock near the person, and talk about current events or plans for the day. Aim to keep the surroundings quiet and peaceful.

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