Software Engineer James, discusses how living with a stutter has affected him:
“Well I’ve stuttered on and off throughout my life. It’s not very prominent now and people rarely notice when it happens.
In my first year of university it was particularly bad. It’s usually direct questions that trip me up. Back then it was mainly when people asked me what course I studied at university, where I was from – basically things that have only one answer.
Since then the main issue is more the stress of thinking I might stammer. New situations in particular – for example, I was more worried about giving details to the guy at the garage the other day when I took my car in for a MOT than the car failing.
It can stop you from being social in general, particularly meeting new people where I’m more likely to get questions that I might struggle with.
If I have trouble in general conversation, I can think of...