Symptoms of Aphasia

Signs and symptoms of aphasia can vary depending on the area of the brain impacted and the extent of damage. Someone with aphasia may:

  • Have difficulty finding words
  • Not understand what you are saying
  • Have trouble speaking, reading or writing
  • Talk in incomplete or short sentences
  • Not be able to process longer words
  • Say or write something that makes no sense
  • Use made-up or unrecognizable words

If someone you love shows sudden symptoms of aphasia, seek immediate medical attention. If aphasia develops following a stroke or brain injury, Northwestern Medicine staffs skilled speech therapists and support programs to help improve language abilities and quality of life.

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