Anomic aphasia, also known as dysnomia, nominal aphasia, and amnesic aphasia, is a disorder that causes a person to have trouble remembering words and names. People with anomic aphasia will look at an object, such as a cup, and know what it is and what it is used for, but not be able to remember the word “cup” and call it that. When this is the case, people with anomic aphasia will call the cup “something that holds water”. This can also occur when the person can not remember another individual’s name, and will describe what they look like rather than saying their name. There are three main types of anomia, word selection anomia, semantic anomia, and disconnection anomia. Word selection anomia means that the person will see an object but not be able to remember what it is called. Semantic anomia is when a person can not remember the meaning of a word. Disconnection anomia occurs when a person can not name an object when it is presented to them in a specific way. For example, a person may touch an orange and be able to remember that it is called an orange. However, if they only see the orange but can not touch it they may not be able to remember what it is called. Talk with your doctor to find the best treatment for you if you have been diagnosed with anomic aphasia.