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Voice Disorders In Children
Anyone is at risk: Voice disorders can happen to anyone. There are those based in a neurological problem, those that happen after injury, intubation or surgery and those that happen from "overuse"- i prefer to think of it as need-ability mismatch. Since we're all at risk, we should all be conscious of the voice since it's part of our 'fingerprint' in an audio and video world. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many causes: The most common cause is vocal abuse. Yelling, screaming, vocal tension and tightness in the throat all can cause damage to the vocal cords. Reflux into the throat can cause irritation, throat clearing and damage as well. Finally, neurological conditions such as spasmodic dysphonia can cause problems. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Physical exam: Your ent/laryngologist can diagnose most voice disorders by listening to you, going over your medical history, and then examining you and your voice box. There are many types of voice disorders, and some form of treatment can help with most of them. A long term voice problem (over 1-2 weeks) may indicate a serious condition so don't delay in getting seen. Best wishes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Voice testing.: Modern laryngology, the science of identifying and testing voice disorders has advanced dramatically in the last 30 years. Diagnosis begins with a direct visualization of the vocal folds with an endoscope through the mouth or the nose. Taking a proper history. Video-stroboscopy and electromyography are but a few of the new tools available for a proper diagnosis. See a laryngologist. ...Read more
I have a voice disorder. My voice is too girlish and very small such that i cant shout nor my voice is heard in public. Please help me?
Voice disorder: Please consult a laryngologist to evaluate you anatomically for laryngeal disorder. More likely it may be an endocrine issue and your primary care physician should be addressing your concerns. ...Read more
Different treatments: Voice disorders include many problems, so a short answer isn't possible. In very broad terms, depending on the problem, treatments may include medications, voice therapy and lifestyle modifications, vocal exercises, or surgery. If you have a voice problem, seek out an ent/laryngologist, especially if you have a profession which relies on your voice. Best wishes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I'm forty-five/female i don't have a voice disorder but i lose my voice to severe fear and anxiety; what do I do when i've tried everything?
Changing patterns: You haven't tried everything. You might want to talk with a professional. Psychologist. Speech therapist. Behavioral medicine. Biofeedback, hypnosis. Stress management, etc.. You need to manage the stress, and your body's response patterns. Break down the pattern, triggers and introduce a disruption to change the pattern. Intervening in advance to lower levels of underlying stress might help. ...Read more
Several possible: Hearing voices in one's head would be auditory hallucinations, which can come with many types of problems. Psychotic depression; bipolar d/o with mania; schizophrenia;, schizoaffective d/o; brief psychotic d/o;, psychotic d/o related to medications or other medical conditions; drug intoxication or withdrawal; and some others are all possible. See a psychiatrist for evaluation and assistance. ...Read more
People talk to my grown children but not to me. Why is that? I want a voice in what happens to me.
I agree with you: If you are alert and mentally competent, you should be the first person a doctor should talk to; however, if you become mentally incompetent to make a decision and have signed document to designate some else to make decision for you when you are unable to do so, then the designated person should be the one to act on you behalf. ...Read more
Hello i'm angelic i'm 17 and i've been diagnosed with a personality disorder. I hear voices in my head and they get so bad.They put me down.Watcanido?
Hearing voices: Hearing voices can be difficult, especially if they put you down. The messages in our brains can get scrambled, like several stations on a radio coming through at once, though it's all our own thoughts. If your doc has given you medicine, make sure you also get some psychotherapy by a psychologist who specializes in your area. That combination can be very helpful. Peace and good health. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it a condition or some sort of disease when people mature but their voices stay the same as they were when they were little? Anything u can do?
Voice lessons: Some people have high pitched voice even as adults. If you have taken music lessons, you know about the different octaves in the musical scale. If you want to speak with a lower voice, you can purposefully bring your voice down by one octave, and just practice speaking that way to see how it sounds. Or take voice lessons to achieve your goal, if you really think it's important for you. ...Read more
Diagnosis: Voices or auditory hallucinations can be induced by narcolepsy, steroids, medication side effects such increased ammonia from depakote, head trauma, brain infections, stroke, illicit drugs such as coke, meth etc, this is not meant to be medical or psychiatric advice. There is no doctor patient relationship.Please call 911 or go to nearest er for psychiatric or medical emergency such si/hi/emotion. ...Read more
Hallucinations: Everyone hallucinates (think dreams) but with psychosis it is difficult to tell whether voices are coming from inside or outside or whether they are thoughts. These "voices" are most likely your responses to your thoughts, but they may not be pleasant or what you want to hear. Tx includes both meds to reduce voices but also therapy to learn to cope with this disturbing process. ...Read more
How can you tell where the voices are coming from when have Schizoaffective disorder and depression?
Very good question: That's a great question. It's thought that the SUPERIOR TEMPORAL GYRUS along with a place called Brodmann Area 42 (auditory association area in the brain) work together somehow to produce this phenomenon. It's an area of hot research since interventions could be used to target these areas and "quiet" the voices down. If you'd like to talk more about this: Write me at www.healthtap.com/drsaghafi ...Read more