10 doctors weighed in:
Does selective mutism only happen with child abuse?
10 doctors weighed in

Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics
6 doctors agree
In brief: No
Selective mutism is its own neuropsychiatric diagnosis.
It may or may not be associated with any other disorder or pathologic state like child abuse. Most often it is not associated with any other issue.

In brief: No
Selective mutism is its own neuropsychiatric diagnosis.
It may or may not be associated with any other disorder or pathologic state like child abuse. Most often it is not associated with any other issue.
Dr. Kevin Windisch
Dr. Kevin Windisch
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Dr. Vikas Duvvuri
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree
In brief: No
Selective mutism is a manifestation of early and extreme social phobia.
The major risk is arises from high anxiety in childhood - something you are or aren't born with. This is not to be confused with withdrawal, mutism etc that arise in many other disorders including ptsd after trauma or abuse. See below for more info. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0002513/.

In brief: No
Selective mutism is a manifestation of early and extreme social phobia.
The major risk is arises from high anxiety in childhood - something you are or aren't born with. This is not to be confused with withdrawal, mutism etc that arise in many other disorders including ptsd after trauma or abuse. See below for more info. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0002513/.
Dr. Vikas Duvvuri
Dr. Vikas Duvvuri
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