Monthly Archives: February 2014

Wernicke’s aphasia and the Tower of Babel

In the acute phases, after stroke, patients with Wernicke’s aphasia (WA) show a deep language disturbance. Comprehension is severely impaired as all the other linguistic domains. The spontaneous verbal production is fluent but the patient’s speech is incomprehensible as words … Continue reading

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Emotionalism

Emotionalism is an increase in the frequency of crying (shedding tears, sobbing) or laughing episodes in comparison to the patient’s condition before the disease. Emotionalism might be one main symptom of stroke or other neurological disorders (vascular, traumatic, degenerative, neoplastic … Continue reading

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When negative emotions give physical symptoms. Feeling so sick!

Somatization disorders consist of chronic and recurrent somatic complaints, which cannot be explained by physical causes, or at least exceed what would be expected from a known physical problem. These complaints result in seeking medical attention repeatedly. Complaints are subjective … Continue reading

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Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) in the neurologist’s cabinet

It is a common disorder and a frequent cause of urgent consultation, even for a neurologist practicing in a cabinet. The disorder is characterized by stereotypical short-lasting episodes of vertigo due to rapid changes in head positions. It is often … Continue reading

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Missing words and Anxiety

People with generalized anxiety disorder often report difficulties in finding words in association with reduced concentration, fatigue and sleep problems. Despite the phenomenon is common and well known there are only few scientific studies that investigated it. Anxious individuals say … Continue reading

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