Awareness of Deficit after Brain Injury : Clinical and Theoretical Issues: Clinical and Theoretical Issues

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Section of Neuropsychology Barrow Neurological Institute George P. Prigatano Chairman, Daniel L. Schacter Professor of Psychology Harvard University
Oxford University Press, USA, Jan 24, 1991 - Medical - 288 pages
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This volume provides, for the first time, multidisciplinary perspectives on the problem of awareness of deficits following brain injury. Such deficits may involve perception, attention, memory, language, or motor functions, and they can seriously disrupt an individual's ability to function. However, some brain-damaged patients are entirely unaware of the existence or severity of their deficits, even when they are easily noticed by others. In addressing these topics, contributors cover the entire range of neuropsychological syndromes in which problems with awareness of deficit are observed: hemiplegia and hemianopia, amnesia, aphasia, traumatic head injury, dementia, and others. On the clinical side, leading researchers delineate the implications of awareness of deficits for rehabilitation and patient management, and the role of defense mechanisms such as denial. Theoretical discussions focus on the importance of awareness disturbances for better understanding such cognitive processes as attention, consciousness, and monitoring.

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Having a son who suffered a severe TBI in 2004, I was at a loss to describe the issue we were having in trying to get him to understand what we could see as deficits but he could not. This book came recommended to my by a friend and CLEARLY helped us all to understand the issue and how to move forward in getting my son the help he needed.
It is a NEEDED guide for anyone suffering a frontal lobe TBI.
Tracy Porter
Founder Mothers Against Brain Injury, Inc
Totes of Comfort & Hope Program


Anosognosia Related to Hemiplegia and Hemianopia
Anosognosia of Linguistic Deficits in Patients
Possible Neuropsychological Mechanisms
Unawareness of Deficits in Dementia and Schizophrenia
Disturbances of SelfAwareness of Deficit After Traumatic Brain Injury
Unawareness of Deficit and Unawareness of Knowledge in Patients with
Three Possible Mechanisms of Unawareness of Deficit
Evidence from Confabulation in Organic
Anosognosia Consciousness and the Self
Role of Psychological Factors in Disordered Awareness
Anosognosia and Denial of Illness
Forms of Unawareness

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