What is aphasia?
Aphasia is a language disorder caused by damage in a specific area of the brain that controls language expression and comprehension. It leaves a person unable to communicate effectively with others.Both genders are affected equally and most people with aphasia are in middle to old age.
What causes aphasia?
Aphasia is caused by damage to the language-dominant side of the brain, usually the left side and may be brought on by:
- Head injury
- Brain tumor
It is currently unknown if aphasia causes the complete loss of language structure or if it causes difficulties in how language is accessed and used.
What are the symptoms of Aphasia?
The main symptoms of Aphasia include:
- Trouble speaking
- Using inappropriate words during conversation
- Struggling with finding the proper words
- Not able to understand what others are saying
- Trouble using numbers or doing calculations
- Difficult understanding handwriting
How is Aphasia treated?
Treatment for Aphasia depends on certain factors, such as:
- Speech and language therapy is recommended for a person with aphasia having suffered a stroke
- Surgery is recommended if a person with aphasia has brain tumor