Anosognosia is a symptom of severe mental illness that impairs a person’s ability to understand and perceive his or her illness. And it impacts our society in many ways.
Anosognosia impacts approximately 50 percent of all individuals with schizophrenia and 40 percent of people with bipolar disease. It also is recognized in people that have strokes, Alzheimer’s disease, and other neurological conditions. There is growing evidence that shows whenever a person suffers from one or more of these diseases, a part of the brain that is involved with self-reflection is impacted in the process. Without the awareness that something is happening to them, they refuse treatment, no matter how clear the need for treatment may be to others around them.
It can be a scary thought. Could we really be living with a disease that impacts our mental facilities and not know it? How would the people around us, the ones we love the most, cope with the issues? [Read more…]