WHAT IS STAMMERING?

WHAT IS STAMMERING?

What is Stammering? This blog by Partha Bagchi, the Founder President of Stammering Cure Centre, Bangalore explains technically what is stammering, what are the characteristics of stammering, the behavior of stammerers or people who stammer (PWS).  You might be a stammerer, student, psychologist, research personnel or a general surfer, but I am sure this blog will answer the question you have googled, “What is Stammering?”

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PARTHA BAGCHI

Stammering or stuttering is a fluency disorder that results in involuntary disruptions of a person’s verbal utterances when they are speaking or reading aloud (American Psychiatric Association, 1994). The tenth version of World Health Organisation’s International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10) Manual discusses stammering or stuttering under the section F98.5 as “speech that is characterized by frequent repetition or prolongation of sounds or syllables or words, or by frequent hesitations or pauses that disrupt the rhythmic flow of speech. Stammering should be classified as a disorder only if the severity of stammering is such as to markedly disturb the fluency of speech”. It however differentiates stammering from cluttering and tic disorder. Although stammering is listed under communication disorders as a speech fluency disorder, stammering actually is more psychological in nature than physiological.

Stammering is characterised by involuntary repetition, prolongation, blocking of syllables and words, unnatural hesitation, interjections, restarted or incomplete phrases and unfinished or broken words. Concomitant or secondary symptoms of stammering may include eye blinks, facial grimacing, jerking of the head, arm waving, etc. Shyness, chronic anxiety and social avoidance behaviour due to fear of speaking in specific social contexts is developed among stammerers as a result of this. Stammering also has various tag-along psychological conditions like anxiety, fear, alcoholism, substance abuse, family difficulties and problems, lack of good interpersonal relationships, difficulty in employment, problems getting job, depression, personality disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, etc.

In short, this is the standard clinical definition of stammering used worldwide for the identification of this condition and the explanation of various “symptoms of stammering” and “behaviours” associated with stammering. Although stammering can often occur along with other similar conditions like lisping, tic disorder, cluttering, etc., these are the accepted guidelines for differentiating them from stammering or stuttering. In case you are suffering from stammering, don’t be disappointed because there is a solution for stammering!!!!   Read more about it on www.stammeringcurecentre.com and help spread the word to your near and dear ones who are facing difficulties and hurdles because of their stammering.

For more information on stammering or stuttering and to clear your doubts feel free to visit Partha Bagchi’s website http://www.stammeringcurecentre.com or you can also write to share your views and ideas to parthabagchi@yahoo.com.