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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

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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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What to do if I have a little selective mutism?

What to do if I have a little selective mutism?

Older need meds. +: The exact txmt. depends on the person's age, any comorbid mental illnesses, & a number of other factors. For instance, stimulus fading is used with younger children because older children/teenagers recognize the situation as an attempt to make them speak, & older people with this condition & people with depression are more likely to need meds. Several other behavioral techniques are available. ...Read more

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Can adults have selective mutism or only children?

Can adults have selective mutism or only children?

Can happen any age: Selective mutism--inability or unwillingness to talk except in certain settings or situations--commonly starts in children but can continue into adulthood. It is rare for it to start in adulthood, but one could imagine it after trauma or some other loss. However, it also might be an early warning sign of some more serious condition like depression or psychosis--so well worth having evaluated. ...Read more

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Anyone have experience with selective mutism condition?

Anyone have experience with selective mutism condition?

Related to Anxiety: Selective mutism is a condition in which a person is relatively nonverbal. This can sometimes occur across multiple settings, or may be restricted to certain situations. It is usually related to increased anxiety, and sometimes depression. It is understood that the person involved has the ability to verbalize but chooses not to do for emotional reasons. Antidepressant medications can be helpful. ...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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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

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I have selective mutism and need help. How can I get this treated?

I have selective mutism and need help. How can I get this treated?

Yes: There are several generally successful approaches to this condition including psychodynamic, behavioral and cognitive behavioral therapy. Sometimes family therapy is helpful and sometimes people work well with speech therapists. Get help, it can be cured and make a huge difference in your life. ...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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Does selective mutism usually go away after awhile on its own in children?

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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