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(SEE ALSO MENTAL CONDITIONS.)
Delirium is a state of mental confusion which develops
quickly and usually fluctuates in intensity. A state in which the
thoughts, expressions, and actions are wild, irregular, and incoherent;
mental aberration; a roving or wandering of the mind, -- usually
dependent on a fever or some other disease, and so distinguished
from mania, or madness.
Delrium, Mental Confusion - Treatment & Homeopathic Medicines
Belladonna comes to mind first in delirium. It has a violent delirium
with loud laughing screaming out, and grinding of the teeth, and,
as in all narcotics, a desire to hide or escape. The patient is
full of fears and imaginings, and the delirium manifests itself
by the most positive ebullitions of rage and fury. Its general character
is one of great activity with great excitement, a hot face and head
and often times there is present a sensation as if falling and the
patient clutches the air. Sometimes there is a stupor, and when
aroused they strike people bark and bite like a dog and are most
This remedy has not the intensely high degree of maniacal excitement
that we find under Stramonium, nor has it the cerebral congestion
that characterizes Belladonna. With Hyoscyamus there is an aversion
to light, and the patient fears being poisoned; he will sit up in
bed, talk and mutter all the time, and look wildly about him. There
is a great deal of nervousness, whining, crying and twitching; he
tries to escape from imaginary foes; a constant picking at the bedclothes
and objects in the air is most characteristic. It is the remedy
for that curious condition of delirium known as "coma vigil.:'
With this remedy the delirium is more furious, the mania more acute
and the Sensorium more perverted and excited than under Belladonna
or Hyoscyamus. The patient desires light and company, is very loquacious,
garrulous, laughs, sings, swears, prays, curses and makes rhymes.
He sees ghosts, talks with spirits and hears voices. The head is
raised frequently from the pillow, the face is bright red, and he
has a terrified expression; in fact, he seems to see objects rising
from every corner to frighten him. Sometimes a silly delirium is
present. Lachesis is characterized by great talkativeness in delirium.
It has also the fear of being poisoned; but the Lachesis delirium
is of a low form accompanied by dropping of the lower jaw, and a
characteristic is that they imagine themselves under some super-human
control. Cimicifuga. This remedy has loquacity, with a continual
changing of the subject when talking, imaginings of rats, mice,
etc. It is usually dependent upon uterine disease.
#Veratrum album. [Verat]
Veratrum has restlessness, and a desire to cut and tear the clothing
as in Belladonna; but with this remedy there is a coldness of the
surface of the body and a cold sweat. the patient is loquacious,
talks very loud and is frightened at imaginary things. It also has
a states of frenzy or excitement, during which he indulges in shrieks,
in expressions of fright and in violent cursings of those around
The delirium of Phosphorus is of a low typhoid type, with tendency
to haemorrhage and an apathetic, sluggish, stupid state, where the
patient is unwilling to talk and answers question slowly. It has
also an ecstatic state, in which he sees all sorts of faces grinning
at him. He has also imaginary notions, such as imagining that his
body is in fragments. Baptisia. The patient imagines his body in
pieces or double and scattered about, and he has to moves constantly
to keep the pieces together. Thuja. Here the patient imagines imagines
that he is made of glass and moves carefully for fear of breaking.
Absinthium. Has a delirium with a constant desire move about.
Dr. Bayes praises this remedy highly in the delirium of typhoid
fever, where there are constant attempts to get out of bed and tremor
of the whole body.