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Ind Psychiatry J. 2019 Jan-Jun;28(1):4-12. doi: 10.4103/ipj.ipj_18_19. Epub 2019 Dec 11.

Management of stuttering using cognitive behavior therapy and mindfulness meditation.

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Scientist II, National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India.
Department of Psychiatry, Command Hospital Air Force, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India.
Department of Education, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India.
Consultant Psychiatrist, Queensland Health Services, Australia.


Stuttering is a speech fluency disorder with varied etiological explanations. It is important to identify symptoms early so that adequate and timely intervention can be delivered with focus on management and recovery. Stuttering, besides affecting speech fluency, might have a number of negative psychosocial consequences for the sufferer that may lead to immense anxiety, besides other symptoms. Therefore, it is thus imperative to include multiple dimensions in the holistic treatment of stuttering. Cognitive behavior therapy and mindfulness equip the client with the skills to manage the problems that occur as a result of stuttering. Since the rate of relapse in this condition is high, the chosen therapeutic paradigm must involve booster sessions over a long term. Periodic, detailed assessment would update the therapist about the barriers in treatment and would help in devising appropriate methods to get rid of these hindrances.


Associated disorders; behavioral management; cognitive behavior therapy; mindfulness meditation; psychosocial interventions; relapse; stammering; stuttering

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