This summer my wife had an adverse reaction to Decadron following brain surgery and as a result, has only foggy memories of a month of her life. The memories are not good ones for her or me. We noticed some anxiety, feelings of disorientation and heightened fear as she started the pre surgery meds, but chalked it up to pre surgery jitters.
In surgery, she was given a large dose of steroids. The surgery went off without a hitch, and she was up and walking the next morning. We were moved out of ICU within 24 hours and released three days later and the next morning, the classic steroid psychosis symptoms emerged. We were rushed back to the hospital and the next two weeks were spent drifting in and out of reality. She did not become violent, but was convinced of the reality that she was living. She could not be convinced that the hallucinations were not real. It was a very scary month.
We were released and returned home with no real side effects, other than having a real fear of so many normal life events. Life seems so much more fragile to us now. That was six months ago. I would encourage anyone to watch for early onset symptoms and contact your doctor immediately. Incidentally, our surgeon had never encountered steroid psychosis in his 20-plus years of practice.