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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?

Attention/avoidance: Elective mutism is occasionaly seen as early as 3-5 yr in two general groups. One includes immature, oppositional or unresposive kids who use it as an attention seeking tool or to evade discussions. Another group are anxious & fearful and elect to decrease their anxiety by avoidance. By definition both groups have normal language skills when they speek. Talk with your dr if this continues. ...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 are the chances that a child with selective mutism has episodes later in childhood, life?

What are the chances that a child with selective mutism has episodes later in childhood, life?

Maybe anxiety: Selective mutism is a form of anxiety disorder. Though mutism doesn't typically occur in older children and adults, children with selective mutism are at some increased risk of other kinds of anxiety problems as they get older. ...Read more

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Is selective mutism only a childhood disorder?

Is selective mutism only a childhood disorder?

Selective Mutism: Although most people associate selective mutism with children, it can also affect adults. Children who are treated for the disorder can develop the skills that help them get past the social anxieties that block them from speaking. If untreated the problem could continue into adulthood. In adults, other physical disorders could cause loss of speech and should be checked by a physician. ...Read more

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Does selective mutism usually go away after awhile on its own in children?

Yes: Selective mutism is a form of social phobia or anxiety. Treatment is usually successful, and the children often outgrow it as they become more self confident in social situations. ...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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