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Cool I have a quick question - January 28th 2010, 03:33 PM

So lately I have been stuttering when I talk. Sometimes I can't stop.

Here's the thing.. I used to stutter as a joke (just around my bestfriend) but not a lot.

So I'm wondering if my un controlable new found stutter is caused by me joking around with my friends. I do it mostly when I'm nervous, or talking about how I feel.

Also, I have anxiety..so could I be stuttering because of my anxiety?

I know you're not doctors, but if you have an idea of an answer this, it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks


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Re: I have a quick question - January 28th 2010, 09:11 PM

Stuttering can easily be part of an anxiety problem, whether it be mild or not. It can also just be your nerves. Stuttering, from what I've seen, is not that abnormal of a response when nervous. I wouldn't worry too much about it if it only happens when you're under pressure.
   
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Re: I have a quick question - January 29th 2010, 05:53 PM

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So lately I have been stuttering when I talk. Sometimes I can't stop.

Here's the thing.. I used to stutter as a joke (just around my bestfriend) but not a lot.

So I'm wondering if my un controlable new found stutter is caused by me joking around with my friends. I do it mostly when I'm nervous, or talking about how I feel.

Also, I have anxiety..so could I be stuttering because of my anxiety?

I know you're not doctors, but if you have an idea of an answer this, it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
Stuttering can have many causes and it can come up suddenly or gradually. It could be related to your joking, as it can sometimes be a "learned" thing. My speech pathologist thought that my younger sister may have "learned" her stuttering from me as she was growing up.

It could very well also be due to anxiety. I am much better with my stuttering than I used to be (went to 9 years of speech therapy), but I still have situations where I still have some trouble. If I'm nervous, tired, or really excited, I sometimes have a problem but not always. Just kinda varies from situation to situation. If the problem continues, I'd look into talking to a speech pathologist. Stuttering, especially if it was a late onset like this, can be a relatively easy fix. It's also something that speech pathologists see surprisingly rarely, so it is a good experience for them to work with someone that stutters (my girlfriend is in school for Speech Pathology, that's the only way I know that last part!).

What my therapy ended up focusing on was slowing my mind down to match my mouth, essentially. My brain was trying to vocalize information faster than my mouth could move, and that was the cause of my stuttering. We simply trained my mind and mouth to work in sync.

One final thing, and this isn't chastising you so much as it is a "Public Service Announcement." I would really encourage everyone not to use stuttering as a joking thing. I was made fun of alot for stuttering growing up, and so was my younger sister, and it had a profound effect on both of us. Even if it is in private, think of it this way. Would you joke about bipolar disorder or schizophrenia (I know some people would, but a majority wouldn't)?
   
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Re: I have a quick question - February 2nd 2010, 04:09 PM

I dont think it's too bad.. Hopefully It doesn't get worse.
Thank you so much for your advice.


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Re: I have a quick question - February 2nd 2010, 04:46 PM

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I dont think it's too bad.. Hopefully It doesn't get worse.
Thank you so much for your advice.


@Big... I'm sorry if I offended you. That wasn't my intention. so I apologize
No offense taken at all. It's just something I try to "champion," having been someone that went through it. It has become so much of a joke in our society (Porky Pig when we were grow up didn't help!) that people simply don't think about it. I imagine now that you have had some kind of problem with it, you might see it a little bit differently.

All of that, and the fact that my girlfriend is studying to be a speech pathologist just required me to make that public service announcement .
   
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