Do Alzheimer’s patients know they have it?

People with Alzheimer’s disease are in different stages of forgetfulness. Their knowledge and awareness depend upon the stage they are in. This means that in early stages, people with the condition might be aware of their condition. But in later stages, even if people with Alzheimer’s disease know about their condition, the frequent episodes of memory loss can make them forget about their condition.

Moreover, people with Alzheimer’s disease may also suffer from Anosognosia. It is a medical condition in which people are not aware of their health. It is common among people with degrading cognitive functioning. As dementia is one of the most common causes of cognitive decline, Anosognosia is common in people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

With Anosognosia, people either will not know or not believe that they have Alzheimer’s disease. This condition arises from the mild cognitive impairment that degrades memory, thinking and reasoning abilities. People with both Anosognosia and Alzheimer’s disease may be in denial of their condition, but it happens because they are unable to remember even if told before. The relationship between anosognosia and brain dysfunction due to Alzheimer’s disease is not explored well. Further research is needed to elucidate the mechanism behind anosognosia affecting Alzheimer’s disease.

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