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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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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 can u get over selective mutism?

How can u get over selective mutism?

Shyness: Force yourself to simply start a conversation with someone you are around...For example. Go to the coffee house and strike up a conversation about anything with the coffee employee. ...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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Is there any way to overcome selective mutism?

Is there any way to overcome selective mutism?

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

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My daughter has selective mutism how can you help?

My daughter has selective mutism how can you help?

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

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Can people with asperger's syndrome have selective mutism?

Can people with asperger's syndrome have selective mutism?

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 more

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What other symptoms does selective mutism have besides the speech problem?

What other symptoms does selective mutism have besides the speech problem?

Excessive shyness &: Selective mutism is typicaly a symptom of anxiety disorder. Other symptoms associated include excessive shyness, withdrawal, dependency on parents, and oppositional behavior. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get selective mutism treat at the age of 17? or is it only treatable in children?

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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What is selective mutism?

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