I know everyone says that it is uncommon, but not unheard of however, I cant find any examples. I have always been socially anxious but suddenly I have just stopped talking everywhere other than my home. Its like the words just cant come out and its affecting my whole life. Other than my age, I have all the symptoms - could I have Selective Mutism?
Yeah, I think when I got so depressed and down about it I went quieter than normal simply because I was upset and then my Social Anxiety (which I have had for a few years) must have started playing on my mind, and all I could think about was the person involved in the experience. However, I constantly thought about things I had said to them, what did I sound like, what did I say, how did I act, what did they really think about me? etc. Then, I guess when it came to the expectation to talk again, my SA had gotten worse subconsciously, and I was suddenly a lot more anxious about it because of all the negative thoughts I had been having. Do you think this could be the reason?
Thankyou for your reply. I didn't think I have had Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, but you put 'traumatic for that person' and just before I went mute I did go through something which in my opinion was very traumatic and caused me to get very depressed. Others, including my sister, did not get so down about it, but do you think that could be linked or a trigger?
I am planning on seeing a doctor in the very near future to try and sort this out ASAP.
Once again, thank you for your reply.
Almost any psychological disorder can manifest itself quite randomly, especially when someone has gone through something that could be identified as traumatic for that person.
The simple fact that you've only begun to have this problem at the age of 15 is a clear indication that something is troubling you. It wouldn't be a bad idea to seek help from a therapist who can help you work through your condition so you can correct it.
People identify "trauma" quite differently from each other. What could have been traumatic to you may have been nothing to someone else, so I wouldn't rule out that possibility. Obviously, whatever happened has caused you some distress ... that's quite enough to cause some psychological damage.
I think it's a good starting point ... make sure you mention this to your doctor.
I will...thank you for all your comments and help :)