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Old 09-09-2004, 07:33 PM   #1
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Speech problem.. (mental..?).. 23 year old, please help me... It's ruining my life.

I've had a speech "problem" for most of my life. As a child (around ages 9 to 13) I had a stuttering problem. I went to a speech therapist and this was mostly corrected. However afterwards (I'm not sure exactly when this started but probably around age 14 or so), I developed another condition...

What happens is that sometimes when I'm in public (or on the phone), I won't be able to say a particular word (it varies from time to time and my overall stress level). An example would be if somebody asks me where I live. For some reason I keep thinking "I can't say it" and then I get really tense and I am unable to say the word..

It seem as though before I say something my brain seems to tell me "you can't say that..." and then right before I am about to say the word I feel extremely tense and feel as if I'm choking. I can breathe fine, but I feel extremely tense and I can't say the word.

However If I'm alone I can speech 100% absolutely, perfectly fine.

I'm 23 years old now and this condition is still greatly affecting my life. I can speech to my family just fine (in-person) but I'm terrified to call them because I'm afraid that when they answer the phone I'll choke-up and won't even be able to say hello. This is affecting me even when I call for job interviews when the company answers their phone I am sometimes unable to ask for a persons name...

I've been to several so-called specialists but nobody is really able to help me. I know this problem is only in my mind because when I am alone I can say *anything* quite perfectly and fluidly.

If you can suggest ANYTHING to me I would try it. I'm really out of options and very desperate for help...

Please help me...

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Old 09-11-2004, 12:18 PM   #2
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Re: Speech problem.. (mental..?).. 23 year old, please help me... It's ruining my life.

I have a problem like yours except mine occurs with everyone and it's not that I can't say it, but I have to take fews secounds to remember the specific word.
Also with some friends I will mix up sentences rarely or make some mistakes in speech.
I also don't know what to do sorry I can't help ypu.

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