Can A Drug Treat Stuttering?
Stuttering is a condition that has its roots both in genetics and in early childhood. It’s very often based on a sense of inferiority, on a sense that your voice isn’t worth listening to, and the current treatment method is a behavioral therapy that tries to get to the root of this problem and correct it. But what if there was a pill that could help?
A stutter isn’t as debilitating as schizophrenia or clinical depression, but it’s still an awkward and embarrassing condition that makes communication hard for around 3 million Americans. A stutter is almost always a purely mental condition, but then it’s important to remember that your mind and your brain are both just as physical as the rest of your body. That’s why certain drugs can help treat mental diseases like bipolar disorder, and it’s a drug may be able to help people who stutter.
A group of researchers at the University of California, Riverside has recently partnered up with speech pathologists at the University of Redlands to see whether an existing drug, ecopipam, can treat stuttering. Previous clinical trials have shown that ecopipam can reduce the number of physical and verbal tics associated with Tourette’s syndrome, and since stuttering is a different kind of verbal tic, there’s some hope that this new study will produce some positive results.
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