So, Iīve been having just about every anxiety symptom known to man during the last couple of years. Everything but speech impairment, upuntil now that is.
It started with my twitching tongue and rapidly escalated to trouble formin words, trouble with fast transitions between words in a sentence and now a lispy/slurring of words. It feels as if I canīt articulate my words at all, I constantly go over words in my head and freak out because I canīt even articulate them in my head. And the more I think about it the less flutently I speak. On top of all I have to catch my breath mid-sentence most of the time (if Iīm even able to finish a sentence that is).
This is slowly but effectively taking away my last will do fight, and I now find myself in a situation where my speech is all but gone. I was recently hospitalized due to a mental-breakdown, and diagnosed with clinical/major depression. Iīve been checked by several psychiatric specialists, and undergone neuro exams, and they all concluded that Iīm "fine" (as in hasnīt got ALS or something along those lines). They were talking about something called psychomotor retardation, which was quite common for severe depressions. But that is supposed to cause of slowing of speech, not a total impairment were I canīt get my mouth to form words properly.
Iīm so scared that this is indeed bulbar ALS, and the more I read the worse my symptoms get=/
On top of the escalating speech problems I have this heavy feeling in arms (almost aching), and that further strengthens my belief that I have ALS.
Please help me with this. Could anxiety/depression really affect my speech to the point of impairment? Why do my cheek muscles hurt like crazy, and my mouth (lips, tongue) feel like it is sluggish?