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Selective Mutism Symptoms and DSM-IV Diagnosis

Selective Mutism Symptoms and Diagnosis Overview:

Selective Mutism 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

A. Consistent failure to speak in specific social situations (in which there is an expectation for speaking, e.g., at school) despite speaking in other situations.

B. The disturbance interferes with educational or occupational achievement or with social communication.

C. The duration of the disturbance is at least 1 month (not limited to the first month of school).

D. 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.

E. 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

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