Stroke patient who can’t feel sad: Condition leaves man permanently happy
2013 08 15

By Andy Dolan | Mail Online

Malcolm Myatt always looked on the bright side of life. But the grandfather is now in a permanent state of happiness – after a stroke left him unable to feel sadness.

The stroke interfered with the part of Mr Myatt’s brain that regulates emotional responses, leaving him liable to erupt in a fit of giggles at the most inappropriate of times.

He has sat through funerals smiling broadly or cracking jokes, and during meals out with wife his Kath, 63, he regularly attracts puzzled looks from fellow diners.

But while the condition could be devastating for some, Mr Myatt said yesterday he sees his joyous disposition as a blessing.


The 68-year-old said: ‘I’ve always been a happy person and loved telling jokes, but now I don’t ever feel sad.

‘I remember that I used to be able to feel sad, if something bad happened – but it just doesn’t happen any more.

He added: ‘I would definitely rather be happy all the time than the other way round.’

Mr Myatt was healthy and working as a lorry driver when he was struck down with the stroke in January 2004 as he made breakfast.

It affected the right frontal lobe – the part of the brain that controls emotions and motor function on his left side – and doctors initially feared the grandfather-of-two would not pull through.

Mr Myatt, from Cannock, Staffordshire, spent 19 weeks in hospital and has no function in his left arm and can only walk short distances with the aid of a stick.

The pensioner is now in the early stages of vascular dementia, triggered by a reduced blood flow to the brain following the stroke.

Mrs Myatt and the couple’s daughter, Beverley Lloyd, 31, yesterday said Mr Myatt’s condition meant he was unable to curb his happy persona, and sometimes left them feeling like they were living with a child.


Mr Myatt’s short term memory has also been affected by the stroke and he has lost his ability to judge what is, and what is not, an appropriate thing to say. (Pictured with wife Kath on their wedding day.)

But while the condition can be trying at times for the family, they said the couple’s grandchildren, Aaron and Dominic, can’t wait to visit their ‘hilarious’ granddad.

Mrs Myatt added: ‘Malcolm doesn’t cry, he just doesn’t know how to be sad anymore.

[...]

Read the full article at: dailymail.co.uk





Related Articles
First interview with a dead man
Arizona Twins Suffer Strokes at 26, Only Months Apart
Rugby player ’woke up gay’ after stroke
Masterstroke: Man who couldn’t even draw stickmen wakes from brain surgery... as a talented artist
Buddhist monk is ’happiest man on earth’
Expressing negative emotions could extend lifespan


Latest News from our Front Page

Pre-historic tokens used in conjunction with cuneiform
2014 07 22
An archaeological dig in southeast Turkey has uncovered a large number of clay tokens that were used as records of trade until the advent of writing, or so it had been believed. But a new find of tokens, dates from a time when writing was commonplace – thousands of years after it was previously assumed this technology had become obsolete. Researchers ...
Are immigration opponents Nazis?
2014 07 22
It seems the usual suspects are calling anyone who opposes unlimited immigration to be a "Nazi". The Left seems to be in constant fear of "Nazis" that lurk in public policy discussions and I assume under their beds. If you oppose any Leftist position, you are a.... take a wild guess...wait for it.... a NAZI! Tim Wise recently went ...
What Did US Spy Satellites See in Ukraine?
2014 07 22
Exclusive: The U.S. media’s Ukraine bias has been obvious, siding with the Kiev regime and bashing ethnic Russian rebels and Russia’s President Putin. But now – with the scramble to blame Putin for the Malaysia Airlines shoot-down – the shoddy journalism has grown truly dangerous, says Robert Parry. In the heat of the U.S. media’s latest war hysteria – rushing to ...
Oh, Great: Robots Are Set to Conduct National Security Clearance Interviews
2014 07 22
Advancing a career in the US government might soon require an interview with a computer-generated head who wants to know about that time you took ketamine. Psychologists at the National Center for Credibility Assessment (NCCA) are developing an interview system that uses a responsive on-screen avatar for the first stage of the national security clearance process. Initial screening for a variety ...
Is Anything on the Internet Real Anymore?
2014 07 22
Is there anybody…out there? I promise I’m a real person asking this question and typing this article…but beyond that, I can’t promise much else about anything you or I see on the Internet. This article on ZDNet, “GCHQ’s dark arts: Leaked documents reveal online manipulation, Facebook, YouTube snooping,” confirms — beyond a shadow of any possible doubt — that a barrage of ...
More News »