What is Speech Differences & Stutter?

Stuttering, also known as stammering in the United Kingdom, is a speech disorder in which the flow of speech is disrupted by involuntary repetitions and prolongations of sounds, syllables, words or phrases, and involuntary silent pauses or blocks in which the stutterer is unable to produce sounds.

Stuttering is generally not a problem with the physical production of speech sounds or putting thoughts into words. Despite popular perceptions to the contrary, stuttering does not affect and has no bearing on intelligence.

The disorder is also variable, which means that in certain situations, such as talking on the telephone, the stuttering might be more severe or less, depending on the anxiety level connected with that activity.

The severity of a stutter is often not constant even for severe stutterers. Stutterers commonly report dramatically increased fluency when talking in unison with another speaker, copying another’s speech, whispering, singing, and acting or when talking to pets, young children, or themselves.

In rare cases, stuttering may be acquired in adulthood as the result of a neurological event such as a head injury, tumour, stroke or drug abuse/misuse.

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Dementia Series-Disabled Legend Joyce Chen

Joyce Chen was born on 14 September, 1917 in Beijing, China. Joyce Chen died on 23 August, 1994 of Alzheimer’s disease. Joyce Chen was a Chinese chef, restauranteur, and entrepreneur. Born in Beijing, China, Joyce and husband Thomas left Shanghai, China in 1949 as Communists were taking over the country. Joyce Chen settled in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Joyce Chen opened her first restaurant, “Joyce Chen Restaurant,” in 1958. In 1960 she began teaching Chinese cooking at the Cambridge and Boston Adult Education Centers, introducing many Americans to homestyle and gourmet Chinese cooking techniques. In 1962, she published her influential cookbook, The Joyce Chen Cookbook. In 1968, she starred in her own cooking show on PBS called Joyce Chen Cooks. Joyce Chen later introduced a line of Chinese cooking utensils. Joyce Chen is credited with popularising the Mandarin style of Chinese cooking in the United States.

Joyce Chen wanted to make Chinese food accessible to the American public. Since her first restaurant was in an Italian area, she renamed potstickers, or pork-filled Chinese dumplings to Peking Ravioli on her menus. Chinese restaurants and diners in the greater Boston, Massachusetts area still call the dumplings “Peking Ravioli” or simply “ravs.”

Joyce Chen’s namesake restaurant closed in 1998. Joyce Chen’s daughter Helen Chen is CEO of cookware company Joyce Chen, Inc. Son Henry owned Joyce Chen Unlimited, a retail store in Acton, Massachusetts, which closed in March 2008.Joyce’s son Stephen Chen is president of Joyce Chen Foods, Inc.

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Dementia Series-Disabled Legend Ronald Reagan

Ronald Wilson Reagan was born on 6 February, 1911 and died on 5 June, 2004. Ronald Reagon was the 40th President of the United States from 1981 to 1989 and the 33rd Governor of California from 1967 to 1975. Born in Illinois, Ronald Reagan moved to Los Angeles in the 1930s. In July 1989, the Reagans took a trip to Mexico, where Ronald Reagan was thrown off a horse and taken to a hospital for tests. The Reagans returned to the U.S. and visited the Mayo Clinic where they were told President Reagan had a head concussion and a subdural hematoma, and was subsequently operated on. Doctors believe that is what hastened the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, an incurable neurological disorder which ultimately causes brain cells to die, and something Reagan was diagnosed with in 1994.

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The End of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Series

I hope you have enjoyed reading about “What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?” and of the Famous People that have or had suffered from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

Sadly, we have come to the end of our “Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Series”. We now begin our “Dementia Series” so please enjoy reading.

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Series-Disabled Legend Rose McGowan

Rose McGowan was born on 5 September, 1973. Rose is an American actress best known for her role as Paige Matthews in The WB TV series Charmed, and the cult-classic The Doom Generation. Rose has also appeared in several major Hollywood films, with leading roles in Scream, Jawbreaker, and the Quentin Tarantino/Robert Rodriguez double-feature Grindhouse. Rose is currently the co-host of TCM’s film-series program, The Essentials. Rose has agoraphobia and OCD.

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Series-Disabled Legend Kathie Gifford

Kathie Lee Gifford was born on 16 August, 1953. Kathie is an American television host, singer, actress and playwright, famous for her 15-year run (1985 – 2000) on the television talk show Live with Regis and Kathie Lee, which she co-hosted with Regis Philbin. She has received 11 Emmy nominations. Before her long stint in talk shows, Kathie’s first television exposure was that of Tom Kennedy’s lovable singer/sidekick on Name That Tune, from 1974 to 1978.

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Series-Disabled Legend John Haigh

John George Haigh was born on 24 July, 1909 and died on 10 August, 1949 John Haigh nicknamed the “Acid Bath Murderer”, was an English serial killer during the 1940s.

John was convicted of the murders of 6 people, although he claimed to have killed a total of 9, dissolving their bodies in sulphuric acid before forging papers in order to sell their possessions and collect substantial sums of money. John acted under the mistaken belief that police needed a body before they could bring a charge of murder. John was convicted through forensic evidence and executed. John George Haigh may have suffered from OCD.

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