Mutism Symptoms and DSM-IV Diagnosis
Selective Mutism Symptoms and Diagnosis Overview:
symptoms and diagnostic criteria follow below. While some of these Selective
Mutism symptoms may be recognized by family, teachers, legal and medical
professionals, and others, only properly trained mental health
professionals (psychologists, psychiatrists, professional counselors etc.) can
or should even attempt to make a mental health diagnosis. Many additional
factors are considered in addition to the Selective Mutism
symptoms in making proper diagnosis, including frequently medical and
psychological testing considerations. This information on Selective Mutism symptoms and diagnostic
criteria are for information purposes only and should never replace the judgement and comprehensive assessment of a trained mental health clinician.
Diagnostic criteria for 313.23 Selective Mutism
Consistent failure to speak in specific social situations (in which there
is an expectation for speaking, e.g., at school) despite speaking in other
The disturbance interferes with educational or occupational achievement or with
The duration of the disturbance is at least 1 month (not limited to the
month of school).
The failure to speak is not due to a lack of knowledge of, or comfort with, the
spoken language is required in the social situation.
The disturbance is not better accounted for by a Communication Disorder (e.g.,
Stuttering) and does not occur exclusively during the course of a Pervasive
Developmental Disorder, Schizophrenia, or other Psychotic Disorder.
Also, See: Other Disorders Usually First Diagnosed in
Infancy, Childhood, or Adolescence
Other Mental Health
Diagnostic Symptoms and Criteria
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