Anosognosia

Domain : Symptoms

Category : My daily life

Simplified definition

Anosognosia is when a patient is unaware of their disease due to damage in the right part of the brain.

Source: Houria Aiouaz, for Alzheimer Foundation

Referenced definition

“[…] Loss of insight may manifest as an inability to perceive symptoms or a lack of concern for their current difficulties. »

Source: Gehl C, Paulsen JS. Behavior and personality disturbances. Bradley and Daroff’s Neurology in Clinical Practice. 9:75-96.e5.

Context

“Long recognized in stroke, Alzheimer’s disease and other neurological conditions, studies of anosognosia in psychiatric disorders is producing a growing body of evidence of anatomical damage in the part of the brain involved with self-reflection. When taking medications, insight improves in some patients.”

Source: Treatment Advocacy Center. Anosognosia. [Internet]. [cited on Sept 7, 2022]. 

 

Note

  • Anosognosia can delay the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s.

Synonym(s)

Lack of insight

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