I’m reaching out to the community to get your thoughts on Aphasia. I think I may have it or a mild form of it, I’ve not gone to my doctor about it as I’m worried that due to my age (26) they will dismiss it and laugh me out the room.
For the last 3 - 4 years, I have been very forgetful when it comes to remembering names of places, people, items and some day to day words. I often start speaking about a subject and forget the word and have to get the other person to complete the sentence for me. It’s embarrassing and frustrating and I often feel it can misrepresent my intelligence.
I’ve noticed in the last year that I’ve began to merge words together in a sentence and this often comes out illegible and so I have to repeat myself, I can’t control when this happens and I am beginning to worry as my job requires me to be able to communicate effectively with the public.
I often find myself having to plan in my head what I’m trying to say otherwise my sentence can become quite confused. It makes it difficult in striking up conversations on the spot.
I know this can occur from a number of sources but I’ve not hurt my head recently, suffered stroke or brain damage. About 5 years ago I had fallen while I’ve skating and bashed my head off the ice, and when I was a teenager had fallen off a skateboard and banged my head off concrete pathing, again these may not be significant.
I also suffer from type 1 diabetes and managing that can be a challenge in itself.
I’m not sure if I have Aphasia, I’ve read some sites on the signs and types but I don’t want to suddenly assume it is Aphasia. A bit like when you have a sore leg and google it and google returns with results for DVT or blood clots (example).
It would be great hearing from the community and from those who know, have or deal with people who have Aphasia.