My stammer makes me shy to speak and it has got worse over lockdown

DEAR DEIDRE: I AM so embarrassed by my stammer.

I am a guy of 19 and have stuttered ever since I can remember.

My stammer has got worse over lockdown

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It often makes me too shy to speak unless I have to, and it has really affected my social life.

The stammer got a bit better after I left school but in the pandemic it got much worse again. I don’t know why.

What can I do? It’s really affecting my confidence.

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DEIDRE SAYS: The pandemic has put pressure on young people and it’s likely you have been feeling unhappy as a result of not being able to socialise.

You can contact The Mix (, 0808 808 4994), who give support to under-25s.

For practical advice, contact the British Stammering Association (0845 603 2001,

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