Physical symptoms of depression / anxiety

Posted by jmobe @jmobe, Feb 13, 2019

When I am extremely depressed, sometimes my words slur when speaking and manual dexterity is clumsy or shakey. Has this happened to anyone else?

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Hello @jmobe

I appreciate your sharing your concerns about your slurred speech and manual dexterity problems. These symptoms can be very disturbing, can't they?

Like the others have said I do hope that you make an appointment with a doctor who can check you out for other health problems that might be causing this. Everyone does react differently to medications and they might be the cause of your problems. Often if we have a history of anxiety or depression all of our symptoms and problems are seen as part of the mental health issue which is certainly not always the case.

If however, after testing and med changes you still have these intermittent problems with dexterity, clumsiness and speech difficulties I might suggest that you get a referral to a neurologist. These can be signs of an early stage neurological problem as well. Have you ever seen a neurologist?

Neurological problems can also cause anxiety and depression because they originate in the brain/central nervous system. I've often heard of people with Parkinson's talk of "inner tremors" a sense of shakiness on the inside (but they don't have tremors of the hands or limbs). Many of these problems were labeled as "anxiety" etc. when they actually had a physical origin.

You are doing well to keep searching and being your own advocate. Keep with it. Will you update me and let me know how you are doing with this process?


Thank you merry for your reply. I just did big info of myself to @gailb I recently went through the slurred speech third time in my life. Last time was 24 years ago during a bigger depression. My psychiatrist told me it has nothing to do with depression or the new med Abilify. I just can’t believe that! I can totally relate to how the people who are so depressed that they are dispondent or can barely speak. To me it just makes sense that if a person is unable to speak due to depression, why couldn’t slurred speech be related.

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@jmobe Hi I'm sorry to butt in here but just wanted to say advocate for yourself ,you know your body better then anyone so if you feel something is wrong and your Dr. wont listen to you go for a 2nd opinion maybe a new Dr. will see something your other one doesn't and even in life if we talk to someone for years sometimes they think they know you better then you do . Take care of yourself



Thank you for sharing your situation and history further with us. There are many good suggestions in the responses of others here. In particular the recommendations of Teresa and Merry are important to follow through on in my opinion.

The fact that this time of slurred speech feels different than the other times is an indication that you need to check out the cause beyond being depressed and anxious. Checking with a neurologist is important as your symptoms may indicate other causes.

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I recommend reading this excellent information to better understand how the test may be helpful for you. Also, contact a neurologist at the same time. Please remember that I am not a medical professional, so sharing my experiences and recommendations are the best I can do. I hope you find answers soon.

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