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Sudden Onset Stuttering And Facts On The Issue

Stuttering is an issue that affects millions of people worldwide. That we know, and there’s plenty of things published on the speech problem, but there’s not so much being discussed about the sudden onset stuttering aspect.

Sudden onset stuttering is what people believe to be a stutter that appears out of thin air, with no expectations of it, or previous issues with their speech.

Yet, there is usually a link can be determined somewhere.

For the most part, it’s children who are affected by a stutter. In the early learning years when the brain is developing communication skills, children as young as two – five years of age, can find their tongues tripping up trying to say certain words.

That can continue for a few years, with most growing out of it by their early teens. If it is still an issue in later teen years, then those people will probably form part of the 1% of the world’s adult population who continue to a stutter.

However, because there is only 1% of adults have a stutter, it can affect more than that when you consider the amount of adults who find themselves experiencing a sudden onset of stuttering.

If you find yourself in this situation, then there’s a chance that in your early childhood that you’ve already experienced the problem before, and this is it just resurfacing.

Further studies indicate that the issue can also affect those who have never experienced any speech impediments in their life.

This is thought to be contributed to through a traumatic event in your life. There’s also some pre-existing conditions that can contribute to a stutter developing suddenly.

Health problems that contribute to a sudden onset stuttering problem:

• Brain trauma

Any type of head injury that results in trauma to the brain can have a drastic impact on your speech. Your speech is controlled by your central nervous system, and when that takes damage, it will affect your motor skills, and part of that is your speech.

• Epilepsy

Epilepsy is a neurological disorder affecting the central nervous system. As mentioned above, anything that affects that part of your brain does have the potential to affect your speech.

• Drug abuse

Drug abuse is something that disturbs all aspects of the brain. A stutter is probably the least health problem as a result of drug abuse, but for those who battle and survive a drug addiction, the damage is often done. That can be living life with a stutter due to part of your brain becoming damaged because of drug abuse.

• Chronic depression

This is something that’s found in many a person who stutters. At times, it may be as a result of the lower self-esteem, whereas in others it’s the depression that can be a factor contributing the sudden onset of a stutter.

Depression and the link to stuttering

• Barbiturates

When chronic depression gets to the serious stage of people trying to take their own lives, they can survive to be left with a stutter. This is most seen in people who use barbiturates in a suicide attempt.

It’s also worth noting that the aforementioned neurological disorder of epilepsy will often be treated with anticonvulsants.

As the illness is relating to the central nervous system, the anticonvulsants used to manage the illness do affect the central nervous system; therefore epileptic medications are classed as barbiturates.

Any other medications taken to control the central nervous system can be a contributing factor to people developing a stutter.

It can happen to anyone, at any point in their lives.

Quick facts on stuttering:

• Any person, any age can develop a stutter

No matter what age you are, the above factors can contribute to a stutter developing. It generally will begin in childhood though. Between the ages of two and five years old are the age group most affected, as the language skills are still developing.

• 5% of all kids will have a spell of stuttering

For parents concerned about their children stuttering, there’s no need to in the early years. It’s a common issue and most will grow out of it by themselves.

• Boys are more affected than girls

While both genders can be affected by stuttering, it’s more often seen in boys. It’s estimated that for those who carry on stuttering into their adulthood, as high as three-four times more boys will continue to stutter, than that of the females.

• The majority kids don’t need help with stuttering as only 1% of adults maintain a stutter

From the statistic mentioned earlier, of 5% of kids having stutter at some point, there’s only 1% of those carry that issue with them into their adulthood. The other 4% will grow out the issue naturally. It’s only 1% of adults affected, and the majority of those will be the male gender.

Whether you’ve carried a stutter with you throughout your life, or if you’ve found yourself dealt the card of a sudden onset stutter – the Stuttering Therapy Centre can help you.

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