[ ō′vər-ăngk′shəs, -ăng′shəs ]
A generalized and persistent anxiety in children or adults that is not the result of separation or recent stress and is characterized by self-consciousness and obsessive concern over past behavior, future events, personal health, and competence in athletics, social, or academic arenas.
How did the speech disorder “stuttering” get its name, and what does it literally mean?“The King’s Speech” garnered four golden statues at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony, including the Oscar for Best Actor for Colin Firth’s riveting portrayal of King George VI. The film’s depiction of George VI’s lifelong struggle with stuttering has brought a renewed awareness to the speech disorder that affects over sixty-eight million people worldwide. What is the origin of this disorder and how did it …
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