An Understanding of Aphasia
One of the effects of stroke/strokes can be aphasia, the area and extent of brain damage or atrophy will determine the type of aphasia and its symptoms.
The literal meaning of aphasia is "speechlessness", and that immediately will cause most people great concern. However, a diagnosis of an aphasia disorder is an impairment of language ability, which is hugely different to total speechlessness. Being able to communicate is something most of us take for granted. It is part of our lives in so many ways:
- It helps make and maintain relationships.
- It helps us work and learn.
- It helps us explore and keep in touch with the world.
- It helps us understand our past and make plans for our future.
With aphasia everyday activities such as having a conversation, answering the phone, watching television, may suddenly become a source of profound frustration and anxiety. It affects the person with aphasia and their families, friends and carers.
There is no one treatment proven to be effective for all types of aphasias, but there is a strong indication that treatment in general has positive outcomes. Most people will make some degree of recovery, and many will recover fully.
Even if aphasia persists, it does not necessarily mean that a person is unable to live an independent and meaningful life.
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