When I learn more about my disability, I learn more about myself and I’m still learning things about myself. I know I have flat affect. It is the result of unusual brain activity, slightly more complicated in my case, because my emotions are impaired through cerebral palsy.
One area of my brain that isn’t active is the one which is responsible for emotional response, in other words a function of alertness, level of distraction, vigilance, a direction of attention and stress.
It controls how ready a person is to perform tasks in a timely and effective manner and in response to daily experiences and is what I struggle with. I cannot translate an emotion into a physical reaction.
Others with flat affect may feel emotions, but may not show it on their face or through their actions. I don’t respond in the same way as someone who doesn’t have a brain impairment and who doesn’t experience problems with a lack of emotions.
Flat affect is a symptom of other conditions, in my case Autism that is brought about through cerebral palsy. It is not a condition or disorder on its own.