Thursday, February 27, 2014

Anosognosia and the Brain, 2

Although no one is exactly certain about what causes anosognosia, brain studies suggest that the lack of awareness may be linked to deterioration of the frontal lobes, especially the right frontal lobe (frontal lobes have an important role in planning, problem-solving, social interactions, and putting together the context and implications of experiences); and perhaps some atrophy in the temporal lobes as well. It can be extremely frustrating for friends and family members. If and when they bring up concerns, the involved family member may insist they are being unfairly criticized because there is nothing wrong. Reportedly, sometimes anosognosia is selective. An individual may realize he or she has a problem with one activity but lack awareness about other issues. This just reminds me how important it is to do everything within my power to maintain optimum brain function!

Watch for more next week (anosognosia and mental illness).

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