People who are unfamiliar with Selective Mutism often ask, “Is there a cure? If my child suffers from SM, as an adult, will she always be anxious?”.
The answer is no, there isn’t a cure. Yes, she probably will always have to cope with anxiety. But— the strategies she learns to help her cope with SM will help her all her life, whether in everyday stressful situations or with mental illness. Surviving SM makes children resilient. They are strong and brave. That’s worth celebrating.
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I started speaking in “normal” tones, on a regular basis, at school and in other public places, around the end of grade three. My anxiety levels went way down + stayed that way for a couple of years… And then I developed Panic Disorder. My psychiatrist predicted that most people who experience mental health issues as children will develop others as they get older. My parents, friends and therapy helped me through the panic attacks that dotted my last year of elementary school.
That is where my latest post at etched in tin takes off.
I got 5 and a half hours of sleep last night. And maybe that’s not such a bad thing for me… This morning, I’m so alive. I hope it lasts. I’m full of hope and passion and vividity.