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

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Dr. Roy Benaroch
Pediatrics
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Roy Benaroch
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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics

In brief: Minimal if treated

Most children with selective mutism recover as they mature.
But some continue having varying types of shyness or social anxiety. See links to support groups are provided therein.

In brief: Minimal if treated

Most children with selective mutism recover as they mature.
But some continue having varying types of shyness or social anxiety. See links to support groups are provided therein.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
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