Posted by: Bronwynn | 2009/09/07

Easily startled and swopping words when speaking

Hi, I am easily startled by noises, and visibly shaken by loud ones, i.e. something falling, crashing, hooting etc. This frightens me so much that my heart beats faster and I feel like my whole body is shaking with my fingers actually trembling.
The other thing thats happended after a motor vehicle accident in 2003, I start swopping words around in my sentences and some of the letters like instead of saying : put a cup of cat food in the bowl, i say put a cut of cap food in the bowl. It is becoming more and more frequent, and my children laugh and think i am being funny, but I know better... what is going on? I am quite scared. I went to see a neuropsychologist about three years ago and spoke about it, but she could find any evidence of it. This is quite embarassing. any ideas?

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This can be within the range of normal, or may be an expression of an anxiety disorder, in which one is more jumpy and irritable and easily startled. Sometimes after a car acident, either due to a head injury like concussion,. or fromt he psychological shock, one might develop later symptoms including an increased startle response such as you describe. A psychiatrist's careful assessment might shed light on this

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