mutism


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mut·ism

 (myo͞o′tĭz′əm)
n.
The condition of being unable or unwilling to speak as a result of a physical or psychological disorder.

mutism

(ˈmjuːtɪzəm)
n
1. the state of being mute
2. (Psychiatry) psychiatry
a. a refusal to speak although the mechanism of speech is not damaged
b. the lack of development of speech, due usually to early deafness

mut•ism

(ˈmyu tɪz əm)

n.
an inability to speak, due to a physical defect, conscious refusal, or psychogenic inhibition.
[1815–25]

mutism

Psychiatry. a conscious or unconscious refusal to make verbal responses to questions, present in some mental disorders.
See also: Speech
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mutism - the condition of being unable or unwilling to speak; "her muteness was a consequence of her deafness"
condition, status - a state at a particular time; "a condition (or state) of disrepair"; "the current status of the arms negotiations"
deaf-muteness, deaf-mutism - congenital deafness that results in inability to speak
Translations

mutism

n (Psych) → Mutismus m

mut·ism

n. mutismo, mudez.

mutism

n mutismo, mudez f; selective — mutismo selectivo
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He also has selective mutism - where he can go for long periods without talking - and is prone to anxiety.
Some sources support distinct diagnoses, while the traditional position is that DDM are variations along a spectrum, with apathy as the mildest form and akinetic mutism as the most severe form (Figure, page 12).
Steffi is determined to continue her education, but her parents fear that her life-long struggle with selective mutism will make university life impossible.
Finding Voice: Treating Selective Mutism and Social Anxiety
Synopsis: Often baffling to parents, teachers, and some therapists, the social anxiety disorder known as selective mutism prevents children from moving toward normal social communication, critical in the school-age years.
I realized right away it was selective mutism, which you usually find in young children: They will clam up the minute they get to the school and stay silent the whole day.
Lonzaga said this measure is one way to combat iodine deficiency disorder (IDD) in the region which leads to reduction of intellectual and physical capacity, deaf, mutism and cretinism.
The pain and difficulties of suffering from Selective Mutism are well portrayed, suggesting a high level of research by Bird.
Set in the latter part of 1917, Regeneration concerns events that take place predominantly at a Scottish hospital to which British officers were sent to receive psychiatric treatment, usually after having developed speech disorders such as mutism and stuttering as well as other symptoms of shell shock.