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Agitated delirium

A mental and physiological state of arousal that is usually
characterized by extreme strength and endurance, tolerance
to pain, hostility, and hyperactive behavior; may result in
sudden cardiac death; also called excited delirium.

2

Anxiety

A state of painful uneasiness about impending problems
characterized by agitation and restlessness.

3

Behavior

The way a person acts or performs.

4

Behavioral emergency

A situation in which a person exhibits abnormal behavior.

5

Bipolar disorder

A psychiatric condition, also known as manic-depressive
disorder, characterized by wide swings between periods of
depression and periods of elation and manic behavior.

6

Depression

One of the most common psychiatric conditions; characterized
by deep feelings of sadness, worthlessness, and
discouragement, feelings that often do not seem connected to
the actual circumstances of the patient's life.

7

Humane restraints

Padded soft leather or cloth straps used to tie down patients
down to keep them from hurting themselves or others

8

Paranoia

A highly exaggerated or unwarranted mistrust or
suspiciousness.

9

Phobia

An irrational fear of specific things, places, or situations.

10

Psychosis

State of delusion in which a person is out of touch with reality.

11

Reasonable force

The minimum amount of force required to keep a patient from
injuring himself or others.

12

Schizophrenia

The name given to a group of mental disorders characterized
by debilitating distortions of speech and thought, bizarre
delusions, hallucinations, social withdrawal, and lack of
emotional expressiveness.