Can Stress Cause Speech Problems?

  • Medical Author:
    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.

  • Medical Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD
    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

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Can stress cause speech problems?

Doctor's response

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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"Acute stress disorder in adults: Epidemiology, pathogenesis, clinical manifestations, course, and diagnosis"

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