Aphasia featured on TV | Lingua Translations

Published 21st November 2017
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Aphasia featured on TV

What would happen if all of the sudden you lost the ability to speak your mother tongue? Can you imagine trying to communicate but not being able to? Aphasia is a communication disorder that results from damage to the parts of the brain that contain language (typically in the left hemisphere). The most common cause of aphasia is stroke, though it can also be caused by tumors or head trauma.

Do you remember the show Lost? On season six, one of the characters suffers from aphasia. Sun, who is bilingual and speaks English and Korean, runs off, however, she bumps her head on a low branch and falls unconscious. Upon awakening, she realizes she can no longer speak English. She has the ability to understand the language but is only able to answer in Korean.

The second season of the TV show House M.D. features a patient who suffers from aphasia. Reporter Fletcher Stone collapses and hits his head on a desk while making a farewell speech for his retiring boss. When he wakes up shortly after, he’s is talking nonsense, while he believes he’s talking and writing normally. He is later diagnosed with both aphasia and dysgraphia.

Luckily for some people, aphasia will be temporary, resolving in the first few days or even hours after their stroke or brain injury.  Others will have a long recovery of months or even years. People with aphasia need stimulating environments that force them to interact with others and engage different areas of the brain.


Afasia en la televisión

¿Qué pasaría si de repente perdieses la habilidad de hablar tu idioma nativo? ¿Te imaginas intentar comunicarte pero ser incapaz de hacerlo? La afasia es un trastorno de la comunicación que tiene lugar debido a daños en las partes del cerebro encargadas del lenguaje (normalmente en el hemisferio izquierdo). La causa más común de una afasia es debido a un ictus, aunque también puede estar causada por tumores o por heridas en la cabeza.

¿Recuerdas la serie de Perdidos? En la temporada seis, uno de los personajes sufre una afasia. Sun, que es bilingüe y habla inglés y coreano, sale corriendo, pero se golpea la cabeza con una rama y cae al suelo inconsciente. Cuando despierta se da cuenta de que no puede hablar inglés. Puede comprenderlo perfectamente, pero sólo es capaz de responder en coreano.

En la segunda temporada de House M.D. aparece un paciente que padece una afasia. Un reportero, Fletcher Stone, se desmaya y se golpea la cabeza contra el escritorio mientras pronunciaba un discurso para la jubilación de su jefe. Se despierta poco después y su discurso no tiene sentido. Sin embargo, él cree estar hablando y escribiendo correctamente. Más tarde se le diagnostica con afasia y disgrafia.

Por suerte para muchos, la afasia resulta ser temporal, recuperándose en los primeros días o incluso horas después de sufrir un ictus o heridas cerebrales. A otros les espera una larga recuperación de meses o años. La gente con afasia necesita entornos estimulantes que les fuercen a interactuar con otros y a utilizar diferentes áreas del cerebro.

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