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Word salad: Is it a sign that SSDI may be appropriate?

Imagine being fine and articulate one minute and spouting nothing but word salad the next. It may seem an unlikely scenario, but it can happen just that fast if you suffer a stroke. It can also occur if you suffer some sort of head injury.

Either way, it amounts to the theft of your ability to communicate. And if it makes it impossible for you to hold a job and work, it may be a reason for you to seek Social Security Disability Insurance. But if you've lost your ability to communicate, will you be able to deliver the narrative and other important information required to establish your eligibility? 

As common as denials of initial applications are, they don't have derail your efforts. Working through the hurdles is easier if you have an experienced attorney working with you.

The issue of word salad is one that may be rare, but it is a legitimate issue of potential disability. The formal definition of the condition that results in a person speaking gibberish is called aphasia. As an article by Mayo Clinic staff explains, not only can aphasia affect your ability to speak, it can also inhibit your ability to understand written language.

As we have already noted, a person can suffer a sudden onset of aphasia after a stroke or head injury. But it may manifest itself gradually and be the result of a degenerative disease such as Alzheimer's or the growth of a brain tumor. How bad it can be depends on where the damage has occurred.

Any change in a person's speech pattern is seen as an indicator of more serious issues and so getting to a doctor right away is recommended. If the result is permanent damage, and the person would qualify for benefits, then pursuing SSDI help might well be justified.

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