Anosognosia - Glossary

Dr. Lakshmi Venkataraman
Medically Reviewed by Dr. Lakshmi Venkataraman, MD
Last Updated on Apr 03, 2018
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Glossary

Antipsychotics: A class of drugs used to treat psychosis, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

Bipolar Disorder: A brain disease associated with extreme mood swings, characterized by depressive and manic episodes.

Cerebral Cortex: Outer layer of the cerebrum that plays an important role in consciousness.

Cognition: A mental action involved in perception and processing of thoughts, experiences, and sensations.

Dementia: Decline in mental ability that interferes with daily functioning.

Frontal Lobe: The front part of the brain that controls important cognitive skills in humans.

Parietal Lobe: One of the four major lobes of the cerebral cortex in the brain of mammals.

Schizophrenia: A personality disorder that affects the ability to think, feel and behave properly, thereby hindering social functioning.

Stroke: Also known as cerebrovascular accident (CVA), it occurs when the supply of blood to the brain either stops or is reduced.

References:

  1. Anosognosia: Treatment Advocacy Center - (http://www.treatmentadvocacycenter.org/key-issues/anosognosia)
  2. Anosognosia: GoodTherapy.org - (https://www.goodtherapy.org/blog/psychpedia/anosognosia)
  3. Anosognosia Keeps Patients From Realizing They’re Ill - (https://psychnews.psychiatryonline.org/doi/full/10.1176/pn.36.17.0012)
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