Stuttering as an adult

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My son (22) has started stuttering really badly - so much so that he will not talk on the phone, skype, etc.  He has had an MRI that is clear.  Any suggestions.  Its very frustrating for him as hes never had a speech problem before.

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    Hi Millie. I'm real sorry your son is going through this difficult time and I can truly appreciate what it's like to have a speech impairment, I have Cerebral Palsy and my speech is quite difficult to understand. Try to your your son referred to a good Speeh therapist as he needs specialist training to help him with his stuttering. He may also need to see a Neurologist as well if he is showing other communication problems as well. Losing his conference at his age will be a huge blow,  so it's extremely important to have him see a sympathetic Speech therapist sooner than later.. 
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    Hi Millie,

    Stuttering at any age these days can have severe consequences in anyones life, it's a shame really. Has your son suffered any major trauma in his life, or did anything happen prior to when he first noticed the stutter?

    Your first port of call would be to get him to see a normal Doctor, okay a standard doctor will not be beneficial, but they can refer him to see a Neurologist Consultant. With a condition like stuttering you're more than likely to be asked a lot of questions, basically to rule out certain matters or issues that could have initially caused it.

    I have a problem with speech  myself, but mine is due another condition called Dystonia - to even get diagnosed with this, took nearly 2 years. I was constantly checked by many Neurologists, until I seen a Professor in Neurology, he was visiting the UK at the time, so I had to see him in London. Back then the condition I had was showing up had only 7 reported cases in the UK.

    Obviously, he will need you to get his points across to a Neurologist with your help. I wish you all the best, feel free to let us know how you got on, there are other channels you can take, but a Neurologist would be first.

    Regards,

    Les.

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    tricky one could be one of many things . has he had a head injury at all recent or past. any possiabilty of epalapsy . think you ought to get him checked out . could be so many things . if he does a lot of gaming .could also be a cause.
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    Thanks for the replies.  My son is currently working in USA.  He has not had a head injury, does not do gaming or drugs.  As far as we aware he does not have epilipsy although there is a family history of epilipsy.  He is otherwise really well.  Someone mentioned maybe he needs to see a physco analysist to see if there is a deep seated trauma but as far as I am aware there is none.  It is difficult for him not being in his home country and having this issue.  He is trying to organise to see a speech therapist just now.  Is is knocking his confidence but luckily he is working with a group of guys who are really supportive.
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      Hi Millie,

      Goodness you poor son! I had a friend who stuttered quite badly, but in his case it was brought on by social anxiety and of course, the more worried about it, the worse it became!  Is your son perhaps really stressed at the moment (aside from the stuttering of course) Is he very self conscious of his accent in the USA perhaps? No doubt a lot of people have been pointing out his accent.  Just a thought. Sorry, I don't know if that's very helpful, but God willing this is something easily fixed.  I hope he finds help soon. Sounds like he works with a great bunch!

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    Stress can be an indicator. Makes me think of him being away from home at such a young age.

    Genetics can be a factor (any other family members with this issue)

    ​The part of the brain that controls language can be a factor.

    ​The only treatments they seem to offer for this problem is therapy...cognitive and speech therapy.

    ​There are some medications but the medical field says they do not usually work...but they are worth a shot too. Stress can be an indicator.

    Genetics can be a factor (any other family members with this issue)

    ​The part of the brain that controls language can be a factor.

    ​The only treatments they seem to offer for this problem is therapy...cognitive and speech therapy.

    ​There are some medications but the medical field says they do not usually work...but they are worth a shot too. Stress can be an indicator.

    Genetics can be a factor (any other family members with this issue)

    ​The part of the brain that controls language can be a factor.

    ​The only treatments they seem to offer for this problem is therapy...cognitive and speech therapy.

    ​There are some medications but the medical field says they do not usually work...but they are worth a shot too. 

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    Millie I am a senior citizen who has stuttered since childhood.  Without a doubt it has totally ruled how my life has evolved over the years. My career was stymied by my inability to speak at meetings. I tried numerous bouts of speech therepy to no avail and although my speech seemed to improve during my working years, it has now regressed during my retirement years.  Even my loving wife of 50 years confesses to exaspiration  trying to be patient with me while I block on almost every word I speak to her.  I guess my point is that you need to get professional help for your son; although it did not solve my problem it has been greatly successful for thousands of stutters.  Things will only get worse and he will one day find himself in my shoes, where he has become almost afraid to speak to anyone and can never maintain eye contact with anyone because of the expressions of surprise or pity he sees.  Good luck and give my best to your son.
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