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  • n. The inability of a person to recognize his or her own illness or handicap.
  • n. Failure to be aware of a defect or deficit resulting from disability, due to brain injury (e.g. Anton-Babinski syndrome).


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From the Ancient Greek ἀ- (a-, "not, without") and νόσος (nosos, "disease") and γνῶσις (gnosis, "knowledge").


  • Nonrecognition of a serious medical disability is termed anosognosia.

    The Neuropsychiatric Guide to Modern Everyday Psychiatry

  • Another, shorter article, in the same issue, discusses a condition called anosognosia, where a brain-injured patient may be unaware of, or seem to deny, sometimes quite striking disabilities - for example, being blind or paralysed.

    Mind Hacks: NewSci on speed, fatigue, denial and terrorism

  • Allow me to introduce you to a peculiar form of denial called anosognosia, the condition in which a person suffering from a disability due to brain injury appears unaware or denies the existence of the malady.

    Dissident Voice

  • Such an "anosognosia," as it is called, is at once a mercy (such patients do not suffer or anguish over or lament their loss) and a major problem, for it undercuts understanding and motivation, and makes attempts to remediate the condition much more difficult.

    Inside the Executive Brain

  • De Brigard, Mandelbaum and Ripley, by contrast, found it made no difference to their subjects reactions whether a mental condition such as anosognosia was said to be psychological or neurological; the tendency to assign blame was much the same in both cases.

    Signs of the Times

  • For example, patients suffering from anosognosia seem to lack any awareness that they have a neurological problem most commonly hemiplegia, that is, paralysis or weakness of one side of the body following a stroke or other injury to the brain.

    In the Valley of the Shadow

  • I then added the scientific concept of intoxication anosognosia "medication spellbinding", which explains how individuals taking psychiatric drugs can feel or believe they are better off when in reality they are impaired.

    Dr. Peter Breggin: Empathic Therapy: An Emerging Field

  • Many individuals with serious mental illness suffer from anosognosia: they are so ill; they don't know they are ill.

    DJ Jaffe: How California Can Comply With Supreme Court Order to Release 33,000 Prisoners

  • For instance, to illuminate the resilience of error, she tells the disquieting tale of a woman suffering from anosognosia, the unawareness or denial of a disability: The woman remained convinced that she could see despite having recently gone totally blind, going so far as to describe in vivid yet absolutely incorrect detail her hospital room.

    Why we get things so wrong: Books by Kathryn Schulz and David H. Freedman

  • If the most powerful conservatives in America are always pretending that they aren't conservatives, we should expect our most conservative major collection of art to display this anosognosia of identity as well.

    Mat Gleason: Is the Getty the Fox News of the Art World?


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  • He asks after sipping ambrosia,

    "Are we truly who we know we are?"

    For Ernest's confused

    When booze is abused

    And fearful of anosognosia.

    Find out more about Ernest Bafflewit

    November 8, 2015

  • JM wonders if anosognosia is reaching epidemic proportions.

    December 17, 2010

  • The lack of interest or belief in the existence of one's disease. (Luciferous Logolepsy)

    July 1, 2008