Bruce Willis’s aphasia diagnosis in early 2022 drew awareness to a little-known condition that affects a surprisingly large number of people. The National Aphasia Association (NAA) estimates that at least 2 million people in the United States live with the disorder. Among them are many celebrities who have dealt with aphasia. But until the Willis family’s announcement stole the media spotlight last March, 84.5% of Americans had never heard the term “aphasia.”
According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), aphasia is a brain disorder that impairs a person’s ability to read, write, speak, and understand other people’s speech. Aphasia most commonly occurs after a stroke or traumatic brain injury. Depending on the severity, symptoms of aphasia can last from a few days to a lifetime. Although aphasia affects communication, it does not affect a person’s intellect, notes the NAA.
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