selective mutism

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People with selective mutism find it difficult to speak to others in certain social situations, for example – relatives they don’t see very often.

The condition usually starts in childhood but can continue into adulthood if left untreated. Most people with selective mutism can hold a standard conversation with others if there is no one else around to trigger a frozen response.

Selective mutism affects about 1 in 140 children.

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