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In various psychological conditions there are changes in the level of consciousness of sufferers, either as a result of internal psychological processes or due to physiological aspects of their condition.


  • Disorientation: orientation in time, place, or person is disturbed
  • Clouding of consciousness: incomplete clarity of mind with disturbances in perception and attitudes
  • Stupor: lack of reaction to and unawareness of surroundings
  • Delirium: confused, bewildered, restless, disoriented reaction associated with fear and hallucinations
  • Coma: profound degree of unconsciousness
  • Coma vigil: coma in which the patient appears to he asleep but ready to be aroused
  • Twilight state: disturbed consciousness with hallucinations
  • Dreamlike state: often used as a synonym for complex partial seizure or psychomotor epilepsy
  • Somnolence: abnormal drowsiness

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