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Is it possible to get selective mutism after elementary school, but be fine in preschool?

Is it possible to get selective mutism after elementary school, but be fine in preschool?

Yes: Selective mutism is usually connected to symptoms of anxiety or depression. It is possible for this to not be an issue in preschool and then arise in elementary school. ...Read more

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Please tell me if you can actually cure selective mutism?

Please tell me if you can actually cure selective mutism?

Very treatable: If causing impairment in school and socially, seek evaluation and therapy by experienced professional. Combined behavioral, individual, family (and sometimes antidepressant medication for anxiety) may be effective. Person is anxious and inhibited and may develop social phobia. Other conditions may co-exist and require treatment. It is possible to achieve complete resolution. Best regards. ...Read more

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Why would my 5yo develop selective mutism?

Why would my 5yo develop selective mutism?

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 more

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How do selective mutism and social anxiety differ?

How do selective mutism and social anxiety differ?

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 situations & social interactions, & thus 2 avoiding them. Selective mutism is tied 2 social anxiety: At times, people w/social anxiety find themselves so fearful in social situations that it's difficult 2 speak. Some simply don't speak in these situations. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, my brother has selective mutism..What is the proper treatment for this?

Hi doctors, my brother has selective mutism..What is the proper treatment for this?

Seek evaluation by: Experienced professional (psychiatrist/psychologist) if causing impairment in school and socially. Combined therapy (behavioral, individual, family, and sometimes antidepressant medication for anxiety) may be effective. Person is anxious and inhibited and may develop social phobia. Other conditions may co-exist and require treatment. It is possible to achieve complete resolution. Best regards. ...Read more

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What is selective mutism?

Selective mutism: Is a psychiatric disorder where a person who is normally capable of speech is unable to speak in a given situation or to specific people, usually coexists with shyness or social anxiety. ...Read more

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How to cure selective mutism on my own?

How to cure selective mutism on my own?

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

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How do I cure my selective mutism? It's a strange situation, isn't it?

How do I cure my selective mutism?  It's a strange situation, isn't it?

Can Be Tough: It is likely that your difficulties with selective mutism are related to anxiety and/or depression. It is important to seek out treatment through the use of both therapy and the consideration of medications (antidepressants can be helpful). Also, pay attention to your overall health with good nutrition, sleep, and exercise. ...Read more

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How selective mutism can be treated?? Thank you in advanced

Too early... kind of: love. does communication happen at home meaningfully? If yes, then time, love, and expectation will talk meaningfully away from family. If not meaningful communication does NOT happen at home, seek professional evaluation for 3 year old. ...Read more

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I have selective mutism, how do I get it diagnosed and treated?

I have selective mutism, how do I get it diagnosed and treated?

Psychotherapy can he: Both psychotherapists and speech therapists can be helpful. Basically the difficulty is that in certain situation one becomes so anxious as to be unable to speak. Identifying those situations and findings a means to remain calm enough to speak often relieves the problem. ...Read more