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Glenn Fairman
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2021-04-26 00:03:56

I have always had a problem with speech and I wonder if you can help me. I have excellent reading and writing skills and have advanced degrees in philosophy. However, when i am engaged in conversations or debates about issues it is difficult for me to communicate in full sentences and frequently I lose my train of thought in mid-sentence which leads to frustration and stress. Is this Aphasia?

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Janet L. Whitney
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2021-04-26 00:03:56

I sincerely doubt it. Remember that “aphasia” is a disorder in language that results from brain damage. This means a documentable stroke or other brain damage such as tumor. But you give no such history. I am going out on a limb here: you say “always” so, given your facility with with reading and written language, it is possible that you had a childhood fluency disorder that went undiagnosed. It might not have seemed important or necessitated treatment. You don’t say your age so it’s unclear what “lose your train of thought” might mean. At any rate, if you are significantly bothered by this expression problem you should consult a local speech pathologist. This would provide an opportunity for someone to analyze your expression and get your complete history. But again, no, this is not aphasia according to what I know of your history.

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