Stress Q&A by Dr. Stöppler

Can stress cause speech problems?

Medical Author: Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD
Medical Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD

Answer:

Speech and language problems in both adults and children can be temporary or permanent and can arise as a result of both physical and emotional problems. Sometimes, speech problems can be due to complications of a stroke or other neurological impairment, while in children, they may occur as a developmental delay or condition. Many people with speech problems report that their symptoms are worsened when they are experiencing stress, but psychological stress itself is not a known cause of speech problems.

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