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Does high functioning anxiety give you speech issues?

I am a 33 year old female. I have high functioning anxiety but stutter when I am nervous.

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Yes, this is not unusual. You can go to a therapist to learn breathing techniques
Anxiety can cause many symptoms in individuals affected with it. Some people will find that they become flushed when speaking, their heart may race, they may stutter, they may lose their train of thought mid-sentence, etc. Public speaking is the most problematic situation for people afflicted with anxiety.
Anxiety can negatively impact many every day functions. If you are concerned about your speech you can definitely consider a neuropsychology evaluation OR a speech language pathology assessment. I've seen patients get rid of anxiety by quieting activities such as reading the Book of Psalms in the Bible or drinking lemongrass TEA.
Hi, yes. A stutter can occur for a couple reasons but being nervous or having anxiety while communicating can certainly impact the intensity of your stutter.

Ali Matisse, MS CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist
Goldstar Rehabilitation, Inc.
Stuttering can become worse when anxiety is high. Thus, disfluent speech can occur during moments of anxiety or high stress. A speech-language pathologist can help teach you breathing techniques as well as techniques to work through the moments of stuttering.