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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 28  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 4-12

Management of stuttering using cognitive behavior therapy and mindfulness meditation

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

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Anindya Kumar Gupta
Department of Psychiatry, Command Hospital Air Force, Old Airport Road, Agram Post, Bengaluru - 560 007, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ipj.ipj_18_19

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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.

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