Anyone experienced stuttering while on Lamictal or Lexapro?
I'm beginning to think I just have a speech impediment, because I can remember incidences of this happening to me before I started either med, but it was never a daily occurence. Maybe it's been exacerbated. ?
I'm not sure that it is exactly stuttering, as I am not sure what the true definition of stuttering is, but I would describe it more as a spasm in my jaw. I'm trying to think of how to best explain...I could be in the middle of a sentence when the "spasm" hits. It will suddenly make me pause where I would be inserting the next word, and it often makes me produce an "uh" sound, or place emphasis on one of the syllables of a word.
The only time I can remember being free of this is when I was on Ativan. However, a slight dose increase caused my mania to increase as well, and I started feeling better than ever, so I thought if I tripled the dose I would feel 3x as good...it worked, until I was found out and my psychiatrist put a stop on all orders and took me off of it. He put me on Klonopin, even though it was a MAJOR culprit in causing this speech issue in the past. I told him that it was bound to make it occur again, and lo and behold, I was right. Eventually I told him I wanted to ween off, and even weeks after being off of it, the stuttering still lingered. He told me that once I was completely free of Klonopin that the stuttering would dissipate. Not so, 7 or so months later.
I have an appointment with him tomorrow. I am not even sure that mentioning it is relevant, as I am not hopeful that there is anything he can do. How can I know for sure if it is related to the effects of psychiatric meds? Who do I go to for help? This is so terribly frustrating, and it is greatly affecting my life. I'm only 21. Please tell me there is someone else out there who can relate...