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Do I have a stutter? (adults)


If you suddenly develop a stutter when you have never had one before, see your GP as soon as possible.

Stuttering, or stammering, is an involuntary interruption to the flow of talking. It can happen in different ways, such as:

We don't know exactly what causes stuttering, but we think it is caused by difficulties in the part of the brain that produces speech. It may also be partly genetic, as stuttering often runs in families.

Tests and diagnosis

Only a qualified speech-language therapist can diagnose a stutter. There is no simple test your doctor can use.

On the next page: Living with a stutter

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed December 2016.

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