Just a Mrs. Malaprop or Something Worse?

by Lucy
(york, yorkshire)

Hi, there.

I'm 18 and I know I'm a bit of a hypochondriac.

I'm a big talker, normally if I'm answering a question I vocalise most of the thought process so I tend to speak for long periods of time and sometimes in a very complicated manner.

In general, I do not have problems reading outloud or forming sentences but I do occasionally have word confusion or mispronounce words. I have always had this a bit but I have noticed that this has been getting worse.

Examples of confusion I have are swapping letters between words: apples and oranges was pronounced "opples and aranges" or I will say "cup" instead of "bowl". This confusion occurs mainly when I'm speaking.

When I am writing I only have normal spelling problems but often miss out whole words when writing essays.

These kind of problems used to occur very occasionally but I am now up to weekly instances of it or worse.

This is not a crippling problem at the moment but it is irritating and it seems to be getting worse.

I am just wondering if this is a case of me being lazy with words or if it could be a underlying symptom of something that I should get checked out.

I also have bad eyesight in my right eye and relatively frequent headaches in my right forehead but near perfect in my left.

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Mar 14, 2013
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The things you are describing could be related.
by: Luke from HomeSpeechHome

Unless you are a "lazy person" by nature I don't think the things you mentioned would be due to laziness.

A reversal of letters at your age is pretty uncommon and would be (in my opinion) neurologically related. Your comments about trouble with eyesight and headaches would support that theory.

I'll be honest with you...I don't work in the medical setting and have very little experience with adult communication disorders, but if it were me, I would probably go see my doctor about the things you mentioned.

Good luck.

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