Selective mutism

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Selective mutism (also referred as SM) is an anxiety disorder where a person normally cannot speak in specific situations, specific places, or to specific people if a certain condition is triggered. Selective mutism usually occurs while the person has a social anxiety disorder.[1][2][3][4] Children and adults with selective mutism are fully capable of speech and understanding language but simply cannot speak because they physically cannot speak in certain settings.[5] People with selective mutism stay silent even when the consequences of their silence include shame, social rejection, or punishment.[6]

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  5. Adelman, L. (2007). Don't Call me Shy. LangMarc Publishing. ISBN 978-1880292327.
  6. Brown, Harriet (12 April 2005). "The Child Who Would Not Speak a Word". The New York Times.