I have stuttered since I was seven years old. It varies from hardly noticeable to very severe. I recently completed a Masters degree and was able to speak quite well during presentations and classes when taking 2mg or more of Lorazepam. I feel it's necessary to give a brief history of my stuttering
situations before getting to the main questions.
I personally believe that my stuttering is purely psychological. I say this because I am fluent in some situations and with certain people as opposed to other people and more stressful situations. I have no problem talking to myself, to children or to pets. From my own experience with stuttering I have found that not every stutterer has the same type of problem. For some it is physical, others psychological.
I am part of a costal breathing therapy program for the last ten years. Whenever I talk to or meet other people from this program, I can speak perfectly fluently. What's even more amazing is that I can speak quite well in any situation with any person as long as I am with someone from that program or if I know they are listening to me speak. It is as if a switch it is turned on in my mind that allows me to become more fluent when I'm with other people from this costal breathing course. When I am alone again, my stuttering gradually gets worse and the whole cycle starts again. When I tell strangers that I am on this course, it improves my fluency in some situations.
Anyway, what I am wondering is whether this behavior is atypical of any other psychotic condition or illness? I don't want to go down the medication route if I can help it but lorazepam has been of great benefit to me in the past. I am very familiar with the drug and tried many different drugs with the guidance of my doctor while in grad school. Lorazepam was the only one that helped to a noticeable degree. Can lorazepam be ta***** ***** term? I am aware of the dependency issues associated with it, however I have not taken the drug for over two weeks now with no withdrawal symptoms apart from my speech getting worse.
Finally, would it be a good idea to go see a psychiatrist in person about my stuttering behaviors? I have tried to treat the problem from a physical point of view...ie breathing therapy and medication but have never really dealt with associated psychological issues which may well be rooted in childhood (While I had a lot of good friends in childhood, I was extremely shy as a child and avoided social interactions if possible).