asymbolia


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asymbolia

[‚ā‚sim′bōl·ē·ə]
(medicine)
An aphasia in which there is an inability to understand or use acquired symbols, such as speech, writing, or gestures, as a means of communication.
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Patients with pain asymbolia have lesions in the somatosensory cortex, which generate deficits in the sensory-discriminative component of pain, and in the anterior cingulate and insular cortices that leads to the loss of the affective-emotional component of pain (13).
This paper explores the consequences of such a view for both motivationalism and the categorization of pain asymbolia as a syndrome, arguing for a close link between asymbolia and various forms of depersonalization.
From impatience and irritability to "intense despair," "autistic stillness," and "melancholic asymbolia," the link, to put it mildly, is incongruous.
The deep sadness of the melancholic subject is indicated by asymbolia.