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Hello! I just found this community. My specific anxiety disorder is called Selective Mutism. I wrote a piece about it for FWD. Here is the Wikipedia page.

I'm happy to answer questions and discuss selective mutism if anyone wants to.

Date: 2011-12-28 01:48 am (UTC)
disastrously: A fox, with a piece of bread in his mouth. (Default)
From: [personal profile] disastrously
Thank you for linking to that peace you wrote.

I found it very interesting, er....I hope you know I mean that in a respectful fashion. It gave me a new perspective.

Also, I wanted to welcome you to the community.

Date: 2011-12-28 03:12 am (UTC)
scheherezhad: Persistence of Time, "persistence is futile" (persistence)
From: [personal profile] scheherezhad
Thank you so much for posting this. I've been sat here crying for a good five minutes after reading your FWD piece and the comments on it, out of the relief of knowing this is An Actual Thing.

I was a very shy child, and a bit of a loner, so there were plenty of people I was uncomfortable talking to/with/around. Even up through college, I often had to have someone order for me at restaurants because I couldn't speak to the waitstaff. Thankfully, it seems to have died down significantly as I've aged, only occasionally flaring up.

The most current--and worst--experience of SM I've had was actually when I tried anxiety therapy for the first time, last year. I didn't click at all with the counselor I was referred to. Half the questions he asked, I simply could not answer. He would ask something, I would want to answer it, but my brain would go utterly blank.

I couldn't articulate why I couldn't answer, either, and I ended the session early because I was just sitting there crying while he kept asking questions I couldn't respond to. It put me off therapy pretty thoroughly; I've never gone back or tried to find a different therapist.

Now, I at least know that this could be an aspect of my GAD, and if I attempt therapy again, this could make a real difference.

Date: 2011-12-28 04:06 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lucidscreamer
Thank you for this. I've had problems with this my whole life and never knew there was a name for it!

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