As the world is now fast approaching the first generation of the information age, new disorders are emerging with names that reflect this era of computer use.
In terms of strokes, one of the signs a person has suffered one is speaking in garbled terms or gibberish. However, doctors now claim that this stroke sign can also be visible in text messages in what they call “dystexia“.
Case in point: a husband and expectant father received the following messages from his 25-year-old pregnant wife: “every where thinging days nighing”, “but i think”, “What i think with be fine”.
Concerned over his wife’s physical condition, he promptly took her to a hospital where she was found to have suffered a stroke. A stroke afflicts the portion of the brain responsible for communicating which damage is called aphasia. Doctors now recognize that incoherent texts can be a sign of stroke.
Here’s a sample of the texting transcript between husband (h) and patient (p). The phone’s auto-correct function had been turned off, which explains the misspellings.
H: So what’s the deal? P: every where thinging days nighing P: Some is where! H: What the hell does that mean? H: You’re not making any sense. H: July 24, right? P: J 30 H: July 30? P: Yes H: Oh ok. I’m worried about your confusing answers P: But i think H: Think what? P: What i think with be fine
In South Korea, which has the world’s highest internet use, doctors are finding people in their early twenties suffering form Alzheimer’s brought about by excessive internet use.
Such extreme use causes over stimulation of the left part of the brain for cognitive thinking, at the expense of the right brain for emotional development which in some results in atrophying or Alzheimer’s.
Neurologist Omran Kaskar, M.D., of the Henry Ford Hospital said dystexia could be the only symptom of stroke related to an inability to communicate – a type of aphasia.
“Text messaging is a common form of communication with more than 75 billion texts sent each month,” says Dr. Kaskar in a press release. “Besides the time-honored tests we use to determine aphasia in diagnosing stroke, checking for dystexia may well become a vital tool in making such a determination.”
According to Examiner, Dystexia might now be added to the top 5 warning signs of stroke. The CDC also notes one American dies from stroke every minute.
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