Question

Hey guys! I’m reaching out to see if any of you know the answer to my question or if any of you have experienced the following issue:

Sometimes when I talk a lot or eat suckers (I know that sounds weird, but I’ve noticed that whenever I eat Charm suckers, this happens), I start to slur after a while. Once I experienced this while talking to my therapist and he felt that it was due to my anxiety, but I’m not sure that’s the case. Yes, that time when it happened I was talking about an issue that made me anxious, but there have been other times when I’m talking about something totally normal and I start to struggle with pronouncing things. Honestly, it can be a little scary.

I was just wondering if anyone has had similar issues or if anyone knows what I’m experiencing. I’ve noticed that once I rest my voice for a while, things go back to normal. Still, I haven’t always had this issue so I don’t know what’s going on.

Also, while I’m on the subject, if I use my hands a lot, they seem to get a little shaky and hard to control. If anyone has any ideas on why I’ve been experiencing this, please let me know! I’d really appreciate your input!

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  1. I have never had those issues. I get really antsy with my hands when I am in an anxious situation. I rub my thumbs over my fingers or my hands on my pants. I didn’t realize it until my family pointed it out to me. That’s always a “fun” conversation. “Hey Tab, I notice that you….” lol

  2. Hmm, I don’t know exactly what makes you slur when talking, but about using your hands, my teacher told me that it’s more calming to talk when you move your hands or hold something. I’m not really sure, but maybe these things just help ease your mind or something like that. Heh, sorry I probably didn’t offer any input worth reading. :\

  3. carlalouise89 says:

    What’s a sucker? I’m sorry, I have no idea. Is that like a lollypop? Do you have lollypops? God, I hope so, otherwise this will be a very confusing comment!
    I’m not sure about the sucker part, but, as part of my teaching degree, we looked a lot at psychology and speech and all sorts of things. Now, don’t get me wrong, this may be the most unhelpful advice ever, but in one lecture they said that reading poetry could be helpful.
    If it’s related to medicine/anxiety or anything like that, I’m not sure. I got hyperactive and I spoke really quickly – and I do so when I get anxious – but I don’t know if it’s the same thing.

    • They don’t call them suckers in Australia? Interesting. Yeah, it’s like the same as a lollypop. Thanks for the advice. I thought that maybe it was the medicine but my psychiatrist doesn’t want to seem to admit that it could be a possibility, so I don’t know. Thanks for your advice! 🙂

      • carlalouise89 says:

        No!! I’ve never even heard of that before!! I suppose it’s like how you say soda, and we say soft drink. Or rubbers (condoms for you) are erasers for us (same thing, it’s just we call condoms condoms). So interesting! It might be! I have no idea. Although, I’m really surprised (he?) won’t admit that it’s a possibility.

      • Wait, you call erasers rubbers? Like the chalkboard erasers or pencil ones? That’s interesting! My psychiatrist is a “he” and yeah, he doesn’t want to seem to admit it. I don’t know.

      • carlalouise89 says:

        Both, actually! Mainly just the pencil ones, but we’ll call them “whiteboard erasers” (I haven’t been in a school that’s had a blackboard – or chalkboard – in forever). We used to call chalkboard erasers “dusters” though. There’s so many differences! Like, thongs vs flip-flops and so much more! (We study idioms and slang in our Australian identity unit, that’s how I know – plus American TV and novels.)

  4. Hmm, well it’s been a long time since I’ve had a sucker, I do seem to recall that after a while my mouth felt kind of off. I suspect it has something to do with the muscles in the tongue making movement they’re not used to making for such an extended time. Like when I chew gum too long, my jaw will start to ache.

    It’s likely something similar with your hands, too.

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