Selective mutism is an anxiety disorder, usually in children, for which people fall silent when they are in stressful situations. With time and effort, it can be overcome, says one expert based in Hong Kong. Photo: Shutterstock
Selective mutism is an anxiety disorder, usually in children, for which people fall silent when they are in stressful situations. With time and effort, it can be overcome, says one expert based in Hong Kong. Photo: Shutterstock
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Is your child too afraid to talk in social situations? Selective mutism, a severe anxiety disorder, is not just shyness – how 2 girls overcame it

  • ‘I would have things to say but I was so afraid to say them aloud for fear of being laughed at,’ says one woman on having selective mutism as a child
  • A psychologist’s new book on selective mutism is a tool to help parents understand this anxiety disorder, and help young people with it feel empowered

Selective mutism is an anxiety disorder, usually in children, for which people fall silent when they are in stressful situations. With time and effort, it can be overcome, says one expert based in Hong Kong. Photo: Shutterstock
Selective mutism is an anxiety disorder, usually in children, for which people fall silent when they are in stressful situations. With time and effort, it can be overcome, says one expert based in Hong Kong. Photo: Shutterstock
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