Stuttering is a developmental disorder with a strong neurological component.

In most cases, it begins to present itself in childhood, is made worse by anxiety, and occurs in males more frequently than in females.


The cause of the disorder is complex, and there is no known medical “cure” for stuttering. However, researchers have recently found that stutterers suffer from excessive dopamine levels by as much as 300% in the striatal region of the brain – best known for its role in influencing motor skills. Various double-blind, placebo-controlled studies have found that medicines which help control dopamine levels can significantly reduce stuttering frequency and severity. Pairing a dopamine antagonist with an anti-anxiety medication can further increase treatment success rates.


The optimal treatment plan for stuttering will always include a prevalent aspect of the established, traditional speech therapies. However, new advancements in our understanding of the clinical root of stuttering suggest medication can augment traditional forms of treatment. The Center for Integrative Wellness provides individualized treatment combining both therapy and psychopharmacological management as appropriate to optimize relief of stuttering symptoms.


“Since teaming up with Dr. Ahmad, I have been able to overcome a lot of my speech-related hurdles including getting a new job, and then rising through the ranks of that job through promotions.”

Listen to our patient describe his recovery from stuttering after working with Dr. Ahmad.

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