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Livingasazebra

516d

Did anyone struggle with selective mutism from teenage years?

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    • Sapphire98

      500d

      I have never been diagnosed with mutism but would only speak if certain If someone spoke to me. Otherwise I would not say a word if I didn't have to. I still do it now tbh.

    • Sapphire98

      500d

      I have never been diagnosed with mutism but would only speak if certain If someone spoke to me. Otherwise I would not say a word if I didn't have to. I still do it now tbh.

    • lily.is.in.pain

      500d

      i’ve struggled with it since i was 4 due to my social anxiety and autism. i don’t go mute half as much as i used to, but it still impacts my life greatly

    • J.ess

      504d

      I still do. And people get so mad bc they don't understand I can't even tell them I can't talk. Bc that requires more words. It's really difficult, so I know how hard it is to handle.

    • Corvus_RAB

      504d

      yeh and i still do, i go days without speaking and it’s quite hard so i get it

    • tigershark98

      504d

      Only as a young child, but I did experience some humiliating experiences because of it. It went away when I started receiving treatment for severe Speech-Sound Disorder. I still have mild Speech-Sound Disorder after years of speech therapy, but also developed a permanent stutter at age 13. The stutter caused me to be severely harassed at my first job at 18, by much older coworkers who assumed I had an intellectual impairment.

    • Igglepiggle

      504d

      Still now, been struggling with it since I was 4 it’s slowly getting better now though

      • Livingasazebra

        504d

        @Igglepiggle glad to hear it! 💜

    • Dilly22

      504d

      I have really bad social anxiety and think I might have selective mutism too. What is the treatment for selective mutism and how can I get it? Also what is the treatment for social anxiety? I've had basic counseling in the past but nothing has ever helped.

      • Livingasazebra

        504d

        @Dilly22 honestly I am almost completely recovered and ur not gonna like the answer bc it seems terrifying and impossible. But speaking from experience it is possible. Exposure. When u feel a thought or an embarrassing moment really question what was so embarrassing about it and think about the likelihood of that scenario ever happening. Ur brain takes things out of proportion with anxiety and this is the way to conquer it. I did this myself and not by therapist and I’ve done a very long way. I know it seems terrifying but take small steps to challenging those thoughts and doing things ur afraid of. It’s not a race it takes as long as necessary. U got this

        • Dilly22

          504d

          @Livingasazebra Thank you so much for your reply 🙂 That's so reassuring to hear that it is possible. Just hope it's not too late for me🤞

    • blokeo

      515d

      Not being able to talk in school is awful.

      • Livingasazebra

        515d

        @blokeo absolutely awful the amount of anxiety it filled me with

    • IAmTired247

      516d

      Yes and I still go through it (thanks Autism and Anxiety)

      • Livingasazebra

        515d

        @IAmTired247 I’m autistic too and have anxiety there is a way out ♥️♥️♥️

    • Yenn

      516d

      I don’t. But that sounds really difficult. If you ever need to chat, I’m here :)

      • Livingasazebra

        516d

        @Yenn thank you I’m actually recovered but still in recovery from social anxiety (what caused it)

        • Yenn

          516d

          @Livingasazebra Social anxiety SUCKS!!

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