Three Types of Aphasia

Posted by on Jun 23, 2013 | 2 comments

The Law Offices of Donald D. GuthrieThe brain is one of the human body’s most important organs. It is responsible for controlling myriad processes from heartbeat, to breathing, to responses to emotional stimuli to voluntary motion, as well as memory functions. However, it is incredibly delicate and even minor damage to the brain can have severe long-term consequences.

Injuries to the brain can result in the loss of these vital functions, and the functions lost relate to which area of the brain suffered damage and how the damage was sustained. For example, a lack of oxygen to an area of the brain can have a different effect on a person than serious trauma to the same section will have. Brain injuries can cause partial paralysis, memory loss, changes in mood or personality, and aphasia.

Aphasia is a serious condition that alters an individual’s ability to use and comprehend language. This crippling brain injury can leave a person unable to communicate both verbally and through writing. There are three main kinds of aphasia:

  • Expressive Aphasia – People with expressive aphasia have an understanding of ideas they want to communicate, but encounter difficulties actually expressing them.
  • Receptive Aphasia – Aphasia that causes an individual to have difficulty interpreting communication delivered to them. They may be able to read, but will not comprehend.
  • Global Aphasia – A person with global aphasia cannot read or write, and has great difficulty speaking and understanding verbal communication. This is the most severe form of aphasia.

Living with aphasia is incredibly difficult. It has been likened to moving to a foreign land where you have a tenuous grasp of the native language and will never be able to learn it. Living without the ability to effectively communicate can be unimaginably frustrating for an aphasia victim.

While aphasia is most commonly caused by stroke, it can also be a result of other brain injuries.


  1. The Law Offices of Donald D. Guthrie says:

    Our bodies and minds are so fragile, it’s easy to forget sometimes though.

  2. Habush Habush and Rottier says:

    Do you have a facebook where I can see more posts like this?

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