Signs and symptoms of ICU psychosis can vary and may include
- hearing voices,
- clouding of consciousness,
- delusions, or
- abnormal behavior.
Associated symptoms can also include a fluctuating level of consciousness and aggressive or passive behavior. The diagnosis can only be made if other causes of psychotic behavior can be ruled out.
Cause of ICU psychosis
While the exact cause is not known, many factors are likely to be involved in the development of ICU psychosis, including pain, medication or drug effects, stress, low oxygen levels, continuous light levels, sensory deprivation, and critical illness.
Other icu psychosis symptoms and signs
- Abnormal Behavior
- Clouding of Consciousness
- Hearing Voices