What it's really like to have a speech impediment as an adult

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Speech impediments, lisps and stutters are widely associated with children or babies who are still learning to speak properly -- when people meet an adult with a lisp, it is sometimes assumed that there is something wrong with or different about him or her.

When something occurs that is outside of the schema of what you deem "ordinary," it can be hard not to pay specific attention to it. Even if you aren't judging an adult with some sort of speech impediment, it can be hard to hide that you're paying attention to it, thus projecting your discomfort on to the person with the impediment. While speech problems aren't disabilities, it can often feel that way to the people who struggle with them.

Several people took to Whisper, the popular app that provides an anonymous platform for people to share their most honest thoughts, to reveal the real struggles of being an adult with a speech impediment.

It might negatively impact your confidence in romantic pursuits:
I never approach women because I'm afraid that they'll think I'm creepy, because I have a lisp

It is a physical setback, not a mental one:
I hate that I have a speech impediment and it frustrates me when I start a word and say it wrong. The right word just doesn't fit in my mouth.

Having a speech impediment can make you question how others really see you:
Sometimes I'm terrified that people think I'm 'special in the head' because of my speech impediment. And all my friends are just pretending to be my friends out of pity.

It might make you feel like you can't really express yourself:
I actually have a high vocabulary, but my speech impediment keeps me from using any of them.

You might feel like your character as a whole is being judged based on that one setback:
I have a speech impediment and people treat me like I'm stupid because of it

Hiding your speech impediment might lead to other unfavorable speaking styles:
People hate that i mumble and they can't understand me. The truth is I have a speech  impediment and mumble so no one notices

Sometimes people can be insensitive about the nature of dealing with a speech impediment:
I have a speech problem and no one misses the opportunity  To tell me or correct me

The way you speak doesn't mirror the way you think:
I wish I could speak better. I think of eloquent things to say in my head but when I try to say it I stutter and mess it up.

You can feel like people value their time more than your opportunity to express yourself:
I have a stutter and I hate it when people jump in and complete my sentences Just once I wish they'd give me time to finish

As they say, you shouldn't judge a book by its cover:
People think I'm a jerk because I don't talk much.  I don't talk because I stutter and embarrassed that I can't speak well.

Things as seemingly innate as speaking might be challenges to others:
I practice saying everyday sentences alone in my room so I don't stutter when I say them to people.

Even if you learn to live peacefully with your impediment, you can't stop others from noticing:
I have a lisp and when I hear myself talk I don't realize I have one until someone points it out
Sometimes, people resort to living a lie because of the embarrassment they feel:
Sometimes people think my speech impediment is an accent. After 5 years, I just go with it now.

For more on living as an adult with a speech impediment, check out Whisper.​

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