from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The condition of being unable or unwilling to speak as a result of a physical or psychological disorder.
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- n. A psychological disorder in which the sufferer cannot speak in certain situations.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The condition, state, or habit of being mute, or without speech.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state of being mute or dumb; silence.
- n. Same as mutage.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the condition of being unable or unwilling to speak
The catatonic syndrome of negativistic stupor, characterized by mutism, negativism, stupor, and catalepsy, is also extremely responsive to ECT.
Gioffredi (_Gazzetta degli Ospedali_, October 1, 1895) has shown that some hysterical symptoms, such as mutism, can be cured by etherization, thus loosening the control of the higher centres.
"Olivia suffered elective mutism, meaning she stopped talking, when she had both her legs amputated, and everyone always says I'm a blabbermouth so I thought it was a good idea to do a sponsored silence," Sarah-Jane said.
I was talking to a mom today whose daughter's elementary teacher said she was afraid that her daughter had "selective mutism."
One such problem that was discussed was selective mutism, an anxiety disorder that Dr. Koplewicz described as "when kids are chatterboxes at home, and yet are literally paralyzed in strange situations."
And then I had the breakthrough that his selective mutism stemmed from some specific reason, a secret explanation.
Symptoms occur within 15 minutes to 38 hours post ingestion of filter feeding shellfish (mussels, clams) from endemic areas. 8,10 Neurotoxic findings of ASP include mutism, hemiparesis, memory loss, purposeless chewing, coma and seizures.
As for links between mutism and OCD, I don't have a scientific answer to that query.
And while there certainly are similarities between selective mutism and
Are there no medical techniques or approaches to help selective mutism?