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What Exactly is Aphasia

Written by on April 4, 2022

Now the whole world was pretty much stunned when the announcement came from the Willis family that he is retiring from acting.

The reason is Willis has been diagnosed with Aphasia now what exactly is Apashia you may ask?.

We will now take a look at the breakdown of Aphasia that a Dr gave.

The brain’s left hemisphere is in charge of processing language, Hamilton says. “Anything that injures or insults this portion of the brain can potentially cause aphasia.”

Aphasia causes may include a stroke, head injury, tumour, or infection on the left side of the brain. (Though this hasn’t been confirmed, media reports have suggested that Willis sustained multiple head injuries over the course of his acting career—which, if true, could possibly have led to the diagnosis.)

Hamilton adds that as many as 40 percent of people who survive a stroke will have some degree of aphasia. “It can also happen as a result of a progressive neurodegenerative disease. This is known as ‘primary progressive aphasia.’”

Symptoms of Aphasia

Aphasia symptoms can range from mild to severe, affecting the ability to speak, understand, read, or write. The patient may not be able to think of the words you want to say or may say the wrong word at the wrong time. Some people with this condition will use made-up words and string them together with real words, forming nonsensical sentences (Wernicke’s Aphasia).

In addition, aphasia can affect your ability to comprehend what others are trying to say. Reading, writing, and the ability to do math can also be difficult.

There we have it a brief explanation of what Aphasia is and some symptoms associated with it.

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