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Facts About Dysnomia

Wednesday, 22 Jun 2011 04:57 PM

What is Dysnomia?
Dysnomia refers to the learning disability of a person who is either unable or struggles to recall a word or a name from memory. This may occur while talking, writing, or both. Dysnomiacs commonly use word replacement when unable to retrieve a word, and either need longer time to complete tests or leave tests incomplete.

How is Dysnomia Diagnosed?
Dysnomia is diagnosed using neuropsychological tests. These measure the severity of dysnomia and identify or eliminate other conditions with symptoms similar to those of dysnomia.

A commonly used test for dysnomia diagnosis is Rapid Automatized Naming, which assesses how quickly a person can name familiar objects or colors. In this test, common objects or colors are repeatedly displayed on a computer screen, and the person is asked to quickly identify five of those objects or colors. The time the person takes to name the objects is compared to the average time that asymptomatic people of the same age group take.

Treatment for dysnomia varies with the underlying causes of the condition. Dysnomia treatments may include medication, speech therapy, and language therapy. While dysnomia resulting from brain trauma is treatable, the learning disability is not.

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