I've avoided my housemates since they laughed at my stutter

DEAR DEIDRE: I SPEND days on end in my room, eating from tins and packets and only going out at night so I don’t have to talk to anyone.

I have a stutter, and as a man of 32 it really gets me down.

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I thought being independent would help me, so I secured a room in a shared house. That means sharing the kitchen.

There is a young couple living in one of the rooms and when I couldn’t get my words out, they both laughed at me.

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I live on benefits and now buy cheap food I don’t have to cook so I don’t run into anyone else in the house.

The most exciting thing I do is go for midnight walks. My confidence is at rock-bottom.

DEIDRE SAYS: I am not surprised you feel low but these people were ignorant.

Your stammer provoked nervous laughter because instead of listening to you, they couldn’t handle the situation.

The next person you talk to might be completely different.

You can find help through the British Stammering Association (stamma.org, 0808 802 0002), which has a web chat if you prefer.

And contact Calm (thecalmzone.net, 0800 58 58 58) for support regarding your mental health.

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