What A Depressed Stutterer Can Do To Survive

It’s a well known fact that stuttering and depression are two related conditions. If you hate how you speak, you are going to try to avoid speaking. That leads to isolation and that leads to depression. Fact!
That fact raises the question over what form of therapy would be best for you?

Psychologists or a speech therapist?

A psychologist and other members that make up mental health teams will not be able to help you speak better. Likewise, a speech therapist cannot tackle the work that a psychologist would do.

So what are you to do about your stutter?

You need to know what the real problem is before you can steer yourself in the right direction or speak to your GP about what your real problem is.

For some people, the real problem is just the fact they want to speak better. Every person who stutters will feel that like that. However, for some, depending on the severity, speaking will not help them progress towards getting more out of life if they’ve felt forced into captivation. Living a life of isolation and going out of your way to avoid speaking completely.

Depending on your career choice, you may even find your career an impossibility to chase. An example of that would be the teaching profession. Students aren’t discriminated against so you could you do all the training required to get your qualifications, but asides from discrimination being illegal, it’s still going to be tough to get hired over another person, qualified to the same level as you but who can speak without a stutter.

To find yourself in that situation, the natural instinct would be to tackle the speaking problem and speak to a therapist for advice on controlling the stutter and stopping it from getting in the way of your career.

On the other hand, if you have no qualifications and no career direction, you’ll be missing a sense of direction. Jumping from one dead end job to the next and applying for positions that perhaps don’t require talking to people.

The direction you take your career in is heavily dependent on your competence in communication. If you don’t feel good about yourself, then communication will always be difficult. Therefore, in that case, you’ll want to address the mental barrier that’s preventing you from tackling the cause of the problem.

You need to feel at one with yourself before you can start tackling improvement. If you feel worthless, your stutter is not your problem. It is your feelings about the stutter that needs addressed.

Depression and stuttering go hand in hand

Assess your mental needs and progress

Mental health must always come before your desire to speak better. The reverse may help you achieve better speech but it will not give you the confidence you need to speak comfortably without hesitation.

For adults who stutter, when it happens it is often accompanied with negativity based on experiences we could all do without. As much as you’ll hear to leave the past in the past and focus on the future, we all know it’s not as easy as that. Those experiences are what shape our adult lives, and it’s never as easy as flicking a positivity switch.

To move forward, it’s best to focus on reaching a stage where you’re happy with life. If you’re able to go out, socialise with friends, get a job, and go to the office parties without fear of ridicule, then it’s likely you have a good support network around you to focus on improving how you speak.

Your mental health must always come first. That positive mindset will help you reach a stage where you have very good friends around you and people who get you. Those people will be instrumental in helping you speak with a degree of confidence and even speak using different practices until you find a form of speaking that works for you to communicate better.

There will of course be some people who need a mixture of both, so if you’re finding yourself battling depression, stuck on anti-depressants and attending appointments with mental health teams, it may help to speak to them about getting a speech therapist involved to tackle the root cause of the problem. If you’re perfectly healthy with a desire to speak better, then that’s when to approach self help or a speech therapist, but until the foundations are there to support your self-improvement efforts, you’re likely to find it difficult without a good balance of both types of support in place.