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Selective Mutism Abuse
Get help: A number of different approaches have been used in attempts to treat selective mutism. Recent opinion has moved away from the idea that it is caused by a trauma, and attempts to treat it have followed accordingly. The factors that are most intensively studied at present are underlying anxiety problems. In few cases trauma is the source of the problem. No self cure for mutism has been reported. ...Read more
Reaction to stress: Selective mutism is thought to be a type of stress reaction in which the individual only speaks in certain settings or to certain people. It is not at all uncommon to develop at age 5, although usually anxiety has been present before that, e.g., trouble separating at daycare. It may be transient; but, if it lasts & begins to spread to more settings, seek professional help with a psychologist. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: Selective mutism is often connected with anxiety or depression. If either or both of those problems are improved, then communication often improves. This may invovlve the use of medication, but it would also be worthwhile to utilize the therapy setting as well so that the person involved can practice communicating in a saffe and trusting environment. ...Read more
Evaluate and Treat: If you have not done so already, it would be good for your daughter to be evaluated by a mental helath professional who is familiar with selective mutism. Therapy can be helpful, and antidepressant medications can help decrease the anxiety that is commonly associated with this condition. ...Read more
Yes: It can be difficult to disentangle at times, but individuals with asperger's syndrome can also be quite anxious and one symtom of that may be selective mutism, where they speak only in the presence of certain individuals and specific "comfort zones." in my experience, it is not a common combination, and it is more usual that they are shy and anxious, rather than completely mute. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it possible to get selective mutism treat at the age of 17? or is it only treatable in children?
Yes: Therapy at any age is beneficial. I suggest the younger the better for socialization, but anytime the therapy will benefit the patient and family. ...Read more
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