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Psychogenic Mutism

Prolonged failure to speak without an underlying physical cause. Also known as selective mutism.

Example: A child is threatened by her abuser with death if she breaks her silence about the abuse. She withholds all speech for months.

Psychogenic Mutism
APA Reference
Grinnell, R. (2018). Psychogenic Mutism. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 8, 2020, from