What is SM?

    What is Selective Mutism?

    Learn more about the signs, symptoms, and diagnosis of selective mutism.

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Selective Mutism

If you know an individual who can talk freely at home but freezes up in public settings or who seems excessively shy, you may know someone with selective mutism. Selective mutism is an anxiety disorder characterized by a person’s inability to speak in certain social settings such as at school, work, or in the community. People with SM are typically able to speak comfortably and communicate well in other settings, such as at home with family.

Signs & Symptoms of Selective Mutism

What are the signs and symptoms of SM? Hint: It’s not just shyness. Selective mutism is an anxiety disorder, usually diagnosed in childhood, in which an individual is nonverbal in certain settings and situations, despite being able t