fiftysix wrote:I have no idea but if i was making a guess i'd say its not got a traumatic cause, especially since other members of your family do this too. Have you asked your parents if any of their siblings did it?
It sounds somewhat like it could be hereditary.
Another thought that comes to mind is that often people with schizophrenia speak "without affect" which makes them sound monotone. I remember one or two people who did this from a support group i used to belong to. In their case it has to be neurological. The sort of thing you've described sounds a lot like what goes on with them.
The best thing to do is discuss it with your doctors and therapists. Not to mention googling.
fiftysix wrote:I am sorry to hear you had such a traumatic childhood. In that case, may be it is possible that it was caused by that but if so, speech therapy should be able to train you back to normal speech patterns.
I am also sorry you feel the way you do about the mental health professions. Its not easy to diagnose people, especially when patients are so afraid to share all the relevant details of their circumstances.
Sometimes people don't share the relevant details because they simply don't even realise the significance of such details. I know i've been tripped up on that one.
But my experience with mental health is not the same as yours and while there are of course bad doctors and therapists, i think on the whole they mean well and are doing their best.
Its not an easy job.
Noiran wrote:Another cause for a monotone voice could be depression or dysphoria. You could also be someone who tends to repress their emotions (for whatever reasons) which means that would be psychological. Repressed emotions could come from incomplete mourning about some event in your life or because of repressed anger about something (or both).
Signs of repressed anger:
procrastination, cynicism / pessimism, insomnia or excessive sleep, inappropriate drowsiness, fist clenching, "road rage", lateness, sighing, waking up tired, tiring easily, back pain, irritability, "rage attacks", sadistic or sarcastic humor, inappropriate cheerfulness, overcontrolled monotone voice, clenched jaws ("TMJ") and/or teeth grinding, muscle spasms, tics, or twitches
I'd say anyone of those causes could fit you.
Tyri0n wrote:Yes, everything I bolded describes me. Did you make that list knowing me? Ok....So it could very much be related to the causes of BPD. Where could I find more information? Can't the "acting in" version of BPD have repressed anger as a key symptom?
I am very much one who represses all sorts of emotions. But occasionally, I do act out, and it isn't pretty, especially when I get drunk. I am one of the most vindictive people you will meet and very sensitive to other people's moods and faces, such as if they appraise me negatively.