Man Has Stroke, Loses the Ability to Feel Sad

Since suffering a stroke in 2004, Malcolm Myatt has been unable to feel sadness.
Since suffering a stroke in 2004, Malcolm Myatt has been unable to feel sadness.

From The Telegraph:

Malcolm Myatt, 68, who spent 19 weeks in hospital and lost the feeling in his left side, was told by doctors that the stroke had hit the frontal lobe of his brain, which controls the emotions.

He has since noticed a number of changes, including to his short term memory, but believes that the loss of sadness from his emotional repertoire is a positive.

Experts have confirmed that it is not uncommon for strokes to cause psychological, emotional and behavioural changes.

The retired lorry driver said: “I am never depressed. Being sad wouldn’t help anything anyway. I would definitely rather be happy all the time than the other way round. It’s an advantage really.

“The stroke could have become my worst enemy but I wouldn’t let it. Now I barely even notice that I don’t feel sadness.”

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