An inability to perceive one’s own physical handicap, common in brain injury patients. However, anosognosia can even occur in more extreme cases such as paralysis or blindness.
Example: After a right hemisphere stroke, the patient is hemiparetic (paralyzed). He seems unaware of this problem and ignores his whole left side.
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 1 Oct 2008