What Causes Slow/Rapid/Incoherent Speech?
Slow/rapid/incoherent speech can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'minor' to 'life-threatening'. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose slow/rapid/incoherent speech, we could:
- Research the topic
- Find a doctor with the time
- Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.
Step 1: List all Possible Causes
We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "slow/rapid/incoherent speech" as a symptom. Here are six possibilities:
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Guillain-Barre Syndrome
- Epstein-Barr Virus
- Stroke Risk
Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist
We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
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stroke in family members
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frequent involuntary eye movement
heaviness of the legs
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... and more than 110 others
Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause
A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of slow/rapid/incoherent speech:
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process
Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis
is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.
In the Mouth/Oral Symptoms
section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™
will ask the following question about the way you speak:
Speech. Which word / phrase best describes the way you speak?
→ Incoherently - people often don't understand me
→ Averagely - accurately / don't know
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate slow speech, incoherent speech, normal speech or rapid speech, The Analyst™
will consider possibilities such as:
Speech may be unintelligible, because the various muscles required to form speech are weakened.
Common signs that a stroke has occurred are difficulty speaking, slurred speech, or garbled speech.
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