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NickyJM

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I suffer from selective mutism and have done since childhood. At school people often assumed i had learning difficulties because i didnt speak or make any eye contact.Like other sufferers of selective mutism i find myself unable to breath and will often be physically sick if someone i dont know tries to speak to me and i avoid answering my front door or the phone.I wish i could be like other people and be able to start conversations and be social but most days its a struggle leaving the house.I was wondering if there are support groups out there for adult sufferes i,ve been looking online but have only found support for children (which is of course brilliant and very important) but was wondering about help for adults? :boredsmiley:

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Hello NickyJM,

I am sorry with your struggles due to your diagnosis of selective mutism. I can imagine how difficult it must be to battle with socializing. We are glad to have you with us and always feel free to share your thoughts and feeling here. Members are kind and don't mind listening.

I am not familiar with any support groups specifically for selective mutism, but believe you might be about to benefit from attending Emotions Anonymous which caters to anyone. Consider DF a part of your support team.

Lindahurt

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Hi NickyJM, I'm sorry you're struggling with selective mutism so much. I also have this problem when dealing with people and often become sick or experience pain when pressured to speak. Unfortunately from my experience professionals tend to dismiss adults with this problem as it's commonly perceived as a children's disorder. I haven't received any help with it nor found any place that gives support although I think maybe a therapist who deals with either anxiety or speech problems would be of great help. It's a comfort to know I'm not the only one dealing with this.

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