I Would Tell You If I Could: Language Loss, Depression, and the Challenge of Treatment with Aphasia

Megan Morrison


Abstract: People with aphasia are prone to developing depression, yet their ability to benefit from traditional psychotherapy is reduced, due to the communication challenges associated with their language disorder. This commentary describes the unique cognitive interaction between aphasia and mental illness, and then offers some evidence-based communication strategies, such as Supported Conversation for Adults With Aphasia, which can help facilitate the therapy process for people with aphasia who are also seeking treatment for mental illness. 

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