My first experience with a client with water intoxication was in the early 1980s.
self-induced water intoxication is common.
The US research certainly suggests that the incidence of polydipsia is high, and that self-induced water intoxication is common.
An adult whose heart, kidneys, and pituitary gland are functioning properly would have to drink more than two gallons of water a day to develop water intoxication.
Since the brain is the organ most susceptible to overhydration, a change in behavior is usually the first symptom of water intoxication.
Blood pressure is sometimes higher than normal, but elevations may not be noticed even when the degree of water intoxication is serious.
Mild water intoxication is usually corrected by drinking less than a quart of water a day for several days.
Untreated water intoxication can be fatal, but this outcome is quite rare.
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