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What causes someone to go mute, when they know how to speak?

What causes someone to go mute, when they know how to speak?

Neurological/psych: It is possible that there is some rare and unusual neurological problem if this is a young person, or that if it is an older person there may have been a stroke in a speech area. More likely this is a psychological problem. The patient should see his/her doctor for a workup and referral to a neurologist or psychiatrist as appropriate. ...Read more

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What causes someone who knows how to speak to go mute?

What causes someone who knows how to speak to go mute?

Multiple ways: There are multiple possible causes for someone who knows how to speak, to go mute. One would be a tia, or more likely a full stroke; damage to vocal cords is another. Also someone can have an extreme psychological trauma and not be able to speak because of that. People can also be mute with some psychoses and extreme depressions. ...Read more

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I have a hard bump on the toe of my hand that I have had for a month. I’m pretty mute it was caused by me hitting my hand on a desk.

I have a hard bump on the toe of my hand that I have had for a month. I’m pretty mute it was caused by me hitting my hand on a desk.

Ouch.: I would suggest that you have your finger examined by a doctor. It may be nothing, but, then again it could be a treatable injury. ...Read more

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What is the disease which makes you mute?

What is the disease which makes you mute?

Shrink answer: Selective mutism can be seen with some psychiatric patients. ...Read more

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Are there any good medications to help with children that are selective mutes?

Are there any good medications to help with children that are selective mutes?

Depends: If the selective mutism is due to a social phobia or agoraphobia, then there are some possible treatments that may help. Anxiolytics can reduce these symptoms. ...Read more

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How often are autistic children selective mutes?

How often are autistic children selective mutes?

Not really: Selective mutism implies normal speech and language in certain "safe" settings, and a voluntary resistance to speaking in other "frightening" settings or venues. Autistic children don't speak well because of their neurological deficiency. Some higher functioning autism patients may refuse to speak (in their normal way) in certain settings or with certain people, but this is not mutism. ...Read more

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Can a child go to a regular school if he is selectively mute?

Can a child go to a regular school if he is selectively mute?

Yes, but it's tough: A child who is selectively mute is by definition a "special needs child". Their version of communication will be different, and there is generally a good reason why they are mute, either from a social or other phobia, ptsd, antisocial syndromes, or other type of reason. A child who is selectively mute should get an iep (individual ED plan) to ensure a normal school offers the right services. ...Read more

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Is there any association between children who are "late talkers" and children who become selectively mute later in life?

Is there any association between children who are "late talkers" and children who become selectively mute later in life?

Not That I am Aware: Speech delay is related to immaturity of expressive language development and the part of the brain that controls that function. Mutism behavior is unrelated as far as I know. ...Read more

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What to do if I have some thorough questions about deaf and mute people?

What to do if I have some thorough questions about deaf and mute people?

Information: I would recommend visiting a Hearing and Speech Center and gather as much information as you can to understand the problems of the totally deaf person. Also contact the Department of Speech and Hearing Department or Audiology Department of a local University to gather similar information. ...Read more

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What is the name of the condition that renders adults mute after psychological trauma?

What is the name of the condition that renders adults mute after psychological trauma?

Trauma: If you or a loved one are experiencing trauma symptoms and mutism, EMDR Therapy could be the best choice. I have used this exceptional trauma therapy even in a combat zone with a child who did not speak English and had stopped talking her native language. Don't let it go, the sooner the trauma is treated the less spillover on your life. ...Read more

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Could you end up mute from all the trauma in a motorcycle accident?

Could you end up mute from all the trauma in a motorcycle accident?

Possibly: If you have a brain injury affecting the speech centers, it is possible to loose the ability speak and/or understand speech. Injury is far, far more likely when riding w/o a helmet-wear one! In very rare instances, in severe multi-trauma with head injury, a PTSD-like syndrome could occur which might affect speech; more for psychiatric/psychological reasons than direct brain injury. ...Read more

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Why is the vocal cord vibrational machine that specifically mute people use to aid in speech?

Why is the vocal cord vibrational machine that specifically mute people use to aid in speech?

Electrolarynx: People who have had their larynx (voice box) removed can use a device called an electrolarynx to help them speak. There are other methods of speech rehabilitation as well, including tracheo-esophageal speech prostheses and esophageal speech production. ...Read more

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I was told my 10 yr old son had a variant g-banded mutation of the 9th chromosome. What does this mean? He's also a selective mute an social anxiety.

I was told my 10 yr old son had a variant g-banded mutation of the 9th chromosome. What does this mean? He's also a selective mute an social anxiety.

Why was test done?: Associations between genetic pattern and behavior are co-relates.
I would be cautious about such interpretations.
Autism specrum disorders and such similar entities, still seem to have a multi factorial etiologies.
It woould be too simplistic to explai it on one mutation per se. ...Read more

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What does this sound like? I have daily blackouts. No fainting, but no sight and no hearing. It's like someone has turned off the lights without warning and placed my ears on mute. How long does this happen each day? I couldn't tell you because it happens

What does this sound like? I have daily blackouts. No fainting, but no sight and no hearing. It's like someone has turned off the lights without warning and placed my ears on mute. How long does this happen each day? I couldn't tell you because it happens

See your doctor!!!: These kinds of episodes can have many causes, including something blocking blood flow into the arteries of your brain. If severe, this can result in a stroke. Forms of migraine and forms of epilepsy can have similar symptoms. You need a complete evaluation by your primary care provider and probably a referral to a neurologist. Viagra (sildenafil) and similar meds can cause this as a side effect. ...Read more

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My sense of sound will fade and this ringing starts in my head as if a flash bang went off it's as if my brain mutes my ears so I can hear the ringin?

My sense of sound will fade and this ringing starts in my head as if a flash bang went off it's as if my brain mutes my ears so I can hear the ringin?

Question?: The symptom you're describing is tinnitus. Are you asking for the cause of your tinnitus? If so, please see an ENT or neurologist to investigate and find your answer. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have a severe antisocial personality. I've been mute, shy and too frozen to even move my leg for PE lessons from kindergarten till grad. I even at times feel shy from my mom. I dunno how to speak nor act. But I find clever ways to get around. Idea?

I have a severe antisocial personality. I've been mute, shy and too frozen to even move my leg for PE lessons from kindergarten till grad. I even at times feel shy from my mom. I dunno how to speak nor act. But I find clever ways to get around. Idea?

Symptoms: I would suggest an evaluation with a psychiatrist or psychologist to determine a course of treatment for your social isolation. It appears that you have a history of depression and ADHD, which may be contributing to your current difficulties.
Treatment may include changing or increasing your current medications, and therapy depending upon your specific issues.
Good luck! ...Read more

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What kind of disorder makes you unable to talk?

What kind of disorder makes you unable to talk?

Too complex: Most common would be nervousness. Many people get tongue tied. Tight spasms of the throat can block speech. Sudden loss of awareness such as a absence seizure can cause inability to speak. A stroke can cause speech arrest. Tumors of the speech center of the brain can make it difficult to talk. A thorough medical evaluation would be appropriate. ...Read more

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Can someone be so scared they are unable to talk?

Can someone be so scared they are unable to talk?

Fear: Or panic could cause someone to temporarily lose ability to talk. Sometimes this can be prolonged with stressful situations. It would however require assessment if ability to talk is not rapidly (within moments) reattained, or if there hadn't been a stressful circumstance to explain the loss of talking. Best to get checked out by your GP to make sure no serious underlying medical disorder ...Read more

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Unable to talk or move after waking up and lasts atleast 30 minutes. If I force myself to do so it will be with extreme efforts. Extreme tired.

Unable to talk or move after waking up and lasts atleast 30 minutes. If I force myself to do so it will be with extreme efforts. Extreme tired.

Sleep paralysis: Your symptoms appear to resemble sleep paralysis. This could be seen in narcolepsy a for of a sleep disorder. Check with a sleep specialist. Other symptoms associated are cataplexy (dropping on the floor with leg weakness when surprised or startled, sleep attacks, hypnagogic (near sleep time) hallucinations, and daytime sleepiness. Usually worse with stress and alcohol use. ...Read more

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Can people that are unable to talk, talk in their minds or at least move there mouth?

Can people that are unable to talk, talk in their minds or at least move there mouth?

Mutism: The brain conducts all body actions and it will still be there despite losing the function to talk. Despite being mute, a person can communicate by moving the lips, using sign language and respond by writing or drawing. ...Read more

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My 16 year old son has had a plugged ear (muted hearing, crackling) for the past 2 weeks following a cold. He has been taking Sudafed which hasn't helped much. Is there anything else he can try and at what point should he be seen. He says he isn't experie

My 16 year old son has had a plugged ear (muted hearing, crackling) for the past 2 weeks following a cold. He has been taking Sudafed which hasn't helped much. Is there anything else he can try and at what point should he be seen. He says he isn't experie

Common issue: During a cold many of the membranes in the upper airway & middle ear are swollen. This can affect the ability of the Eustachian tube. This tube drains mucus & also allows air into that space to maintain correct pressure across the eardrum. The cracking he hears is the tube opening/closing. This should self correct in time. Pain, fever or the nuisance factor can be your guide to when a visit is needed ...Read more

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I have infrequent partial seizures on d right side, sensation begins @ last 2 toe fingers and leaves me unable to talk for some seconds. NCS is OK. Help?

I have infrequent partial seizures on d right side, sensation begins @ last 2 toe fingers and leaves me unable to talk for some seconds. NCS is OK. Help?

Possible treatment: It's not clear that these are partial seizures. But if they are, then a non toxic, inexpensive medication could possibly stop them. Most doctors would want you to have an EEG and MRI test too. ...Read more

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My brother had a stroke in his brain, and he is unable to talk and some movement lost on right hand. What should he do?

My brother had a stroke in his brain, and he is unable to talk and some movement lost on right hand. What should he do?

Multiple: Investigations to identify the source of stroke because some causes need to be fixed to prevent recurrence like carotid surgery. Speech and swallowing exam and therapy should be started along with physical and occupational therapy for the hand weekness. ...Read more