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Is there a difference between social anxiety disorder and selective mutism

A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Park answered
49 years experience Pediatrics
Yes: Selective mutism is typically a facet of an anxiety disorder (social phobia). Other manifestations associated with selective mutism include excessive ... Read More
Dr. Richard Levenson
31 years experience Clinical Psychology
Social Anxiety: Yes, there are many differences. Selective mutism is most often seen in children, while social anxiety disorder is typically seen from adolescence th ... Read More
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Dr. Ana Adelstein
26 years experience Clinical Psychology
Too scared to talk: Social anxiety involves a fear of being judged negatively by others or being seen as inferior 2 them in some way. This leads 2 dreading social situati ... Read More

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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
31 years experience Psychiatry
Social anxiety: Excellent question. Most times it is not easy to differentiate the two, however, in selective mutism the anxiety is in situations where strangers are ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Escobar
8 years experience Family Medicine
Seek Help: It is important to make sure you are involed with therapy to help provide support in coping with anxiety. In addition you need to strongly consider me ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Lavi
34 years experience Clinical Psychology
With selective : Mutism a person stops speaking to most people. Usually they do speak at home with family but are silent at school or in public. When someone is social ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Lavi
34 years experience Clinical Psychology
Selective mutism is: A very rare psychological disorder which may be a severe form of social anxiety which is much more common.
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Dr. Andrew Kaplan
11 years experience Psychiatry
Why is the key.: Selective mutism is a Dx based upon behaviors. Social phobia involves motivations and fears (internal processes) often w/ behavioral avoidance. Over ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Holmes
33 years experience Child Psychiatry
Difference of Degree: Shyness refers to a personality trait that is relatively common. Social anxieity disorder is a much more disabling condition in which a person's funct ... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Raju Indukuri
44 years experience Psychiatry
Different condiions: One is a personality problem and need long term therapy. The other two are anxiety conditions and are easily treatable with medication/counselling.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Bordini
31 years experience Clinical Psychology
Functioning: Severity is often a function of subjective distress (how much it is distressing or bothersome), how many situations or circumstances it impacts, and h ... Read More
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Face your fears.: I don't know anyone who initially feels comfortable with the idea of having a mental health condition or with seeing a mental health provider. If you ... Read More
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