At the age of 67, Bruce Willis ended his career due to aphasia. Here is everything you need to know about the disorder from which the American actor suffers.
The end of a myth. While no one expected it, the relatives of Bruce Willis announced the end of his career in Hollywood. “To all the amazing people who support Bruce, we wanted to let you know that our beloved Bruce is experiencing some health issues and has recently been diagnosed with aphasia, which is impacting his cognitive abilities. After careful consideration, Bruce has decided to ‘give up this career that meant so much to him’ wrote the comedian’s ex-wife, Demi Moore, in a post shared on her Instagram page. An announcement that raised many questions on social networks. But what is the star suffering from?
By definition, aphasia comes from the Greek and means “without speech”. It occurs when there is a lesion of the language areas of the left hemisphere of the brain. In other words, it is a language disorder. But not only, since it also leads to difficulties in understanding, reading and writing. People with aphasia may struggle to find their words, mix up certain sounds, or completely lose the ability to express themselves. The causes of this pathology are multiple, ranging from a CVA (cerebral vascular accident) to a head trauma, including a tumour, aneurysm, infection or even a neurodegenerative disease such as Alzheimer’s.
What treatment to treat aphasia?
The forms of aphasia vary depending on their location in the brain. Thus, there is Broca’s aphasia which is manifested by a reduction in expression. Wernicke’s aphasia which results in difficulty understanding what is said and written. Conduction aphasia which is characterized by speech interspersed with hesitations. Global aphasia which, in addition to being the most severe form, totally alters language. Mixed aphasia which results in reduced expression and comprehension. And progressive aphasia which causes a decrease in word comprehension. To treat aphasia, it is necessary to consult a neurologist to determine which parts of the brain are affected. If the damage is light, it is possible to recover quickly. Otherwise, you have to go through rehabilitation by doing intensive speech therapy sessions.