Disoriented Person

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A Disoriented Person is a person whose mental state that lacks some aspect of orientation.



  • (Wikipedia, 2016) ⇒ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orientation_(mental) Retrieved:2016-7-6.
    • … Assessment of mental orientation typically lands within the immediate top three priorities:
      1. Safety - Assess the area safety (potential traffic, fire, overhead/underfoot objects and collapse risks, rushing water, gunfire, chemical/radiation threats, storm conditions, downed power lines, etc.), wait for the threat to subside, or move the person to safety if and when possible, all without endangering oneself.
      2. ABCs - Note conscious or unconscious then assess Airway, Breathing and Circulation factors (with priority to any potential gross or debilitating blood loss.)
      3. Orientation - Determine if the person is "alert and oriented, times three (to person, place, and time)." This is frequently abbreviated A&Ox3 which also serves as a mnemonic. The assessment is best done right up front, ahead of moving or transporting the victim, because it may illuminate potential internal damage.
  1. Isaac M., Janca A., Sartious N., 1994.ICD-10 Symptom Glossery For Mental Disorders,10th ed. WHO.

  • Thomas L. Friedman. (2016). “You Break It, You Own It.” In: New York Times, JUNE 29, 2016
    • QUOTE: The British vote by a narrow majority to leave the European Union is not the end of the world — but it does show us how we can get there. … We have globalized trade and manufacturing, and we have introduced robots and artificial intelligence systems, far faster than we have designed the social safety nets, trade surge protectors and educational advancement options that would allow people caught in this transition to have the time, space and tools to thrive. It’s left a lot of people dizzy and dislocated. At the same time, we have opened borders deliberately — or experienced the influx of illegal migration from failing states at an unprecedented scale — and this too has left some people feeling culturally unanchored, that they are losing their “home” in the deepest sense of that word


  • (Carlson, 1998) ⇒ Elizabeth A. Carlson. (1998). “A Prospective Longitudinal Study of Attachment Disorganization / disorientation." Child development 69, no. 4
    • ABSTRACT: The research explores the antecedents and consequences of attachment disorganization from a prospective longitudinal perspective. The relations of attachment disorganization/disorientation to endogenous (e.g., maternal medical history, infant temperament) and environmental (e.g., maternal caregiving quality, infant history of abuse) antecedents and to behavioral consequences from 24 months to 19 years are examined. For the 157 participants in the longitudinal study, attachment disorganization was correlated significantly with environmental antecedents (e.g., maternal relationship and risk status, caregiving quality, and infant history of maltreatment), but not with available endogenous antecedents. Infant history of attachment disorganization was correlated with consequent variables related to mother-child relationship quality at 24 and 42 months, child behavior problems in preschool, elementary school and high school, and psychopathology and dissociation in adolescence. Structural models suggest that disorganization may mediate the relations between early experience and later psychopathology and dissociation. The findings are considered within a developmental view of psychopathology, that is, pathology defined in terms of process, as a pattern of adaptation constructed by individuals in their environments.