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Selective Mutism

Alternate Names : Elective Mutism

Selective Mutism | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What can be done to prevent the condition?

There is no specific way to prevent selective mutism at this time. Reducing childhood emotional trauma or stress may reduce this and other mental disorders.

What are the long-term effects of the condition?

Most episodes of selective mutism may only last 2 to 3 months and cause short-term educational or occupational disabilities. Long-term effects may include other behaviors or problems that can have a long-term impact on education and employment.

What are the risks to others?

Selective mutism is not contagious and cannot be spread to others.

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Selective Mutism: Treatment & Monitoring

Author: Ann Reyes, Ph.D.
Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
Date Reviewed: 07/12/01

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