What are the symptoms of ICU psychosis?
The cluster of psychiatric symptoms of ICU psychosis include:
- extreme excitement,
- hearing voices,
- clouding of consciousness,
- abnormal behavior,
- fluctuating level of consciousness which include aggressive or passive behavior.
In short, patients become temporarily psychotic. The symptoms vary greatly from patient to patient. The onset of ICU psychosis is usually rapid, and is upsetting and frightening to the patient and family members.