Anosognosia is a condition where a person can’t recognize other health conditions or problems that they have. Experts commonly describe it as “denial of deficit” or “lack of insight.” It falls under the family of agnosias, all of which happen when our brain can’t recognize or process what our senses tell it.

Anosognosia affects people with other medical conditions, especially certain mental health conditions. It is most common with certain conditions, including:

  • Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Dementia.
  • Bipolar disorder.
  • Schizophrenia.


People with anosognosia usually show that they can't recognize a medical problem they have, either through action or what they say. In some cases, people with this condition will rationalize what’s happening to them, or they may try to cover up symptoms. They may recognize some symptoms but not others.

Anosognosia means a person can’t do one or more of the following:

  • Recognize that they have an illness or medical problem.
  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of the condition that they experience.
  • Connect their signs and symptoms to that condition.
  • Understand and agree that the condition is serious and needs treatment.

In some cases, a person with this condition may avoid the truth about their condition, and they might do so consciously or without even realizing it. Some might confabulate, which is when a person’s mind fills in gaps in their memory with false memories.

Anosognosia can also happen in certain ways with specific symptoms, with some examples below.

One-sided sensory and movement problems

Anton’s syndrome (visual anosognosia)


Anosognosia can happen for many different reasons, all of which fall into one of two categories:

  • Brain damage.
  • Degenerative diseases.


Your brain is prone to injury like any part of your body. Damage to your brain causes injuries called lesions. Lesions that cause anosognosia can happen for any of the following reasons:

  • Aneurysms.
  • Brain tumors (including cancerous and non-cancerous growths).
  • Head injuries such as concussions or traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).
  • Cerebral hypoxia (brain damage from lack of oxygen).
  • Infections (such as those that cause encephalitis).
  • Seizures and epilepsy.
  • Sleep apnea.
  • Strokes.
  • Toxins, such as carbon monoxide poisoning.


Many different brain diseases disrupt your brain’s network of connections. That kind of disruption can affect your ability to update your self-image, leading to anosognosia. Conditions that cause or involve this kind of disruption include:

  • Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Bipolar disorder.
  • Dementia.
  • Huntington’s disease.
  • Schizophrenia.


Homoeopathy today is a rapidly growing system and is being practiced all over the world. It strength lies in its evident effectiveness as it takes a holistic approach towards the sick individual through promotion of inner balance at mental, emotional, spiritual and physical levels. When  is concerned there are many effective medicines available in Homoeopathy , but the selection depends upon the individuality of the patient , considering mental and physical symptoms

Few homoeopathic medicine can be thought of in the treatment of anasognasia are:

Apocynum, arsenic alb., stannum met., anacardium, lac can., ,Arnica, etc.