Stuttering

Mother concerned with son's stuttering problem

Although some children develop a stuttering problem while young, many outgrow it and go on to have normal speech patterns in adulthood. In some it can follow into or develop in adults. It is often exacerbated by anxiety and stress. Hypnosis is uniquely suited to help those with these speech issues.

Those who have a stutter may add words like “er” or “um” often as well as experience rapid eye blinking, head jerks, and facial tics while speaking.

What Causes Symptoms?

While not scientifically locked down, some think genetics may play a role because about 60% of those who stutter have a family member who also stutters. It also seems that if there is another speech difficulty there is more of a chance a stutter will develop. Speaking at a fast rate also seems to increase symptoms.

Stuttering could be caused by neurological trauma in adults, such as, stroke, head injury, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. These causes are physical and need medical intervention and speech therapy. Also among the causes of stuttering in adults is a possible drug reaction. One of the biggest causes is stress. Often referred to as psychogenic stuttering, a stressful event could trigger it, such as the end of a relationship or financial catastrophe and can benefit greatly from hypnosis to relieve the stress and anxiety of the sufferer.

Does Hypnosis Treat Stuttering?

Conroe life Changes does not diagnose or treat. We recommend you seek treatment for any physical cause of a stutter but Conroe Life Changes will only be involved with a patient if the treating physician, or psychologist refers to us. If you are looking for help when the cause is not physical, hypnosis is a great resource. The areas where hypnosis for stuttering excel are:

  • Anxiety
  • Calming and controlling anxiety can often resolve the problem.

  • Self-esteem
  • One side-effect of stuttering is low self-esteem. Hypnosis can help change the negative thought patterns that exacerbate the issue into helpful positive thinking which can boost self-esteem.

  • Stress
  • Stress is one of the strongest reasons symptoms can get worse. Hypnosis can relieve stress symptoms, and with the help of self-hypnosis techniques, can even resolve them.

  • Regression
  • Many times stressful past events can trigger stuttering. By using hypnosis and regressing to those events, we can ease their significance and thereby relieve the cause.

  • Triggers
  • If the stutter occurs because of a trigger, such as, a particular person, environment, or situation, hypnosis makes it possible to deal with the trigger more effectively.

In any case, if you or someone you know suffers from stuttering, a good plan of action would be, first to see your doctor and then possibly work with a hypnotist and a speech and language therapist.

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