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Re: spasmodic dysphonia

Posted by Rick on December 22, 1999, at 10:02:51

In reply to Re: spasmodic dysphonia, posted by Noa on December 22, 1999, at 5:04:03

Noa, that actually seems to be a prevalent theory in some circles -- that physical symptoms like easy blushing and sweating can exacerbate Social Phobia or even cause it in the first place through embarrasment (leading to avoidance).

I've heard of an "ETS" (don't know what it means) surgical operation that some people have gone through which supposedly can reduce symptoms such as blushing, and ostensibly reduce Social Phobia in the process.

> Rick, that is an interesting thought--the vicious circle. I don't have dysphonia, but I know that in certain situations, like public speaking or performing, when I get anxious, my voice does start to shake. The thing is, once I NOTICE the shaking, that is when I get REALLY ANXIOUS, which, in turn, causes more shaking, etc. It would be an interesting research project to look at whether social phobia is more prevalent in people who have physiological symptoms such as shaky voice, or fair skin that blushes easily, etc.




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