elective mutism

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e·lec·tive mut·ism

mutism due to psychogenic causes.
Synonym(s): voluntary mutism

e·lec·tive mut·ism

(ĕ-lek'tiv myū'tizm)
Mutism due to psychogenic causes.


(mu'tizm) [L. mutus, dumb]
1. Inability or unwillingness to speak.
2. Persistent inhibition of speech, seen in some severe forms of mental illness.

akinetic mutism

The condition of being immobile and silent while partially or fully awake. This may be caused by lesions of the frontal lobes of the brain or by hydrocephalus.

elective mutism

Selective mutism.

hysterical mutism

Inability to speak due to a conversion disorder.

selective mutism

A form of social phobia, typically first identified in young children, in which the child fails to speak in certain public settings but has normal speech at other times. Synonym: elective mutism

e·lec·tive mut·ism

(ĕ-lek'tiv myū'tizm)
Mutism due to psychogenic causes.
Synonym(s): voluntary mutism.

Patient discussion about elective mutism

Q. clonex symptoms in Selective Mutism Syndrome children My son is 6.5 years old, with selective mutism syndrome - in a months time he shall be entering first grade. We have, the past 2 years been with therapists specializing in this field. He has improved outside a closed system i.e. within the kindergarten (primarily) we even see some regression. We have been at major dilemmas with giving him medication but due to the critical time - we were recommended to take 0.125 mg of Clonex medication. we are a little worried and would like to understand the possible symptoms

A. As a benzodiazepin, it can cause drowsiness, weakness and other changes in behavior. There may be some other side-effects, that you can read about here (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/medmaster/a682279.html)

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A comparison of elective mutism and emotional disorders in children.
A study of the effectiveness of a specific treatment for elective mutism.