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Illness affecting communication can be disabling

Just about every job a person can have requires some type of communication skills. Whether you are listening to and comprehending instructions or need to speak with others, the ability to communicate is typically essential for any type of employment.

This is why people who suffer with certain illnesses or injuries that affect communication are typically considered disabled if their condition is severe. For example, people diagnosed with aphasia may no longer be able to work and therefore should consider seeking disability benefits.

Aphasia is a serious condition that makes it difficult or impossible for a person to communicate with others. In most cases, it is actually a symptom of a more serious health problem, like a brain tumor, stroke, brain trauma or even severe migraines. These conditions affect blood flow to the brain which can disrupt or damage language networks that control a person's ability to read, speak, write and understand language.

Depending on the type of aphasia from which a person is suffering, speaking can be difficult or impossible. In some cases, a person can speak in short, simple phrases. In other cases, a person with aphasia may speak in very long, complicated sentences that do not make any sense. There are also people who cannot speak at all.

In each of these cases, a person's ability to comprehend language can be similarly affected.

This condition can put considerable strain on the person suffering from aphasia as well as his or her family, friends and career. It can be easy to take the ability to communicate for granted; when and if we cannot express ourselves or comprehend what other people are trying to express, it can be enormously stressful, frustrating and upsetting.

One thing to keep in mind if you or a loved one is suffering from aphasia is that it can certainly be considered disabling and make a person eligible for coverage by Social Security disability benefits. While this money cannot fix a condition or solve all the problems associated with a serious illness, it can make it easier for people to seek the medical care they need and focus on their health instead of the fact that they cannot work.

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