How does dysarthria affect the body?

Dysarthria affects the body by causing difficulty speaking. Dysarthria is caused by a variety of things that affect the brain and nerves, including stroke, brain injury, cerebral palsy, and other nerve or brain conditions. When the brain or nerves are damaged, individuals with dysarthria lose control over the body parts involved in speech production, including the lips, throat, tongue and jaw muscles. This loss of control may cause abnormal intonation, stuffy or nasal voice quality, and irregular or monotonous speech. Dysarthria may also cause drooling and difficulty chewing or swallowing. Because these issues can affect your quality of life, including relationships with family and friends, dysarthria may cause anxiety in social situations and even depression.

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