Selective Mute Teens and Adults

The first thing people usually ask me when I tell them that I had selective mutism is, "How did you get over it?" I haven't. Well, I have. It's a tough question. For a lot of kids with selective mutism, talking at home is normal, but talking at school and other public places is difficult and nearly impossible. But is it still considered selective mutism if that dynamic is flipped, so that talking in public places is normal, but the thought of talking at home causes panic and anxiety. The situation I'm dealing with now is more along those lines,…
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The site should be up with more members in the next few weeks. I just have to work out a few kinks, and we will be good as gold =] In the meantime, you can go to the sign up page to join Selective Mutism Online!
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Welcome to Selective Mutism Online

Hello! You are currently viewing Selective Mutism Online, a social networking website designed to centralize the selective mutism world and anyone affiliated with SM. My name is Seth. I read an article in a magazine when I was 16, discovering that the name for why I didn't talk was selective mutism. I got a bit teary eyed, because I'd always wondered if there was anybody else out there like me. Now I knew I wasn't alone. I lived and breathed this thing called selective mutism for years, from nodding my head in elementary school to feeling the effects of depression…
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Top 10 Ways To Tell You Have Selective Mutism

If you do a google or wikipedia search for selective mutism, you will find out that selective mutism is primarily characterized by being unable to speak in certain situations, especially in public places like school, despite being able to speak in other social situations. Here are some other ways to tell whether or not you have selective mutism. 1. People ask you why you don't talk, and then they look puzzled when you don't answer them. 2. You've thought about jobs that don't involve talking, like being a mime. 3. You've let the phone just ring cause you didn't want…
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Selective Mutism Firsthand

If you have had the opportunity to meet a selectively mute individual, there is a very good chance if you haven't already, that you've had that urge to just ask, "Why don't you talk?" Or if you have selective mutism yourself, there is a good chance you are sick of this question and any variation on it. Besides the obvious reason why a selective mute could not answer this question, it's difficult too because he/she probably doesn't know either. If they are very young, they most likely haven't developed the cognitive capacities for that level of self-introspection. But you might…
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