Woman's anxiety caused backward 'mirror writing'

November 12, 2014 3:28 PM

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Woman's anxiety caused backward 'mirror writing'

Writing letters backward and in reverse order, sometimes called mirror writing, may be a sign of a deteriorating brain, but in one woman's case, researchers found that the unusual condition was actually caused by anxiety.

Researchers in Scotland discovered the woman's condition accidentally while investigating mirror writing in people with mild cognitive impairment, a condition that may herald dementia.

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