A Student’s Sensory Life

I hide a lot; we all hide a lot. But...to repeat: I hide a lot. I am hiding whilst I am hidden and I am hiding whilst I am visible. I am a natural at drifting off to transform into my semi-invisible self. I experience sensory overload every single day whilst on campus at university. [...]

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Selective Mutism and Social Pressure

Summer and autumn have now ended and winter has arrived; it is getting increasingly cold. Sometimes, when I walk to class during the early mornings, I notice the greenery looking somewhat less green and more frosty white instead. In the winter, different bits of life freeze, but they do not stay frozen.       [...]

Selective Mutism and “Why?”

So, things have changed a little and things will always be changing, at least, a little. My opinions are evolving and they will never reach completion. I have done lots of reflecting and I will continue to do so until I am no longer able to. A work in progress.  I am taking a new [...]

Silently Failing and Succeeding with Selective Mutism

University is something I'll be soon be attempting. On the 2nd of September 2018 I'll be turning 23-years-old. On the 24th of September I will be moving 4 hours away, from my family home, to study psychology. Most people in my academic school year have already graduated from university, it doesn't matter though. In 2008 [...]

My Independent Holiday

For the past 5 years I have longed to go to the coast, for a short holiday, without the support of my family. I have hovered over that "book now" button so many times, last year I was incredibly close to pressing it indeed, but unfortunately I mirrored myself the previous years, which meant it [...]

Searching for the Social Skills I Lost

Overcoming selective mutism is quite an incredible journey; a journey that is exhausting, slow and, most of all, rewarding. Unfortunately, SM often means that many life skills and aspects of life itself become negatively impacted, as well of positively (future blog post). However, today, I am just going to focus on the area of social [...]

What Is Selective Mutism?

A question that many can't answer, or can't answer accurately, is: What is selective mutism? I am unsure myself the best way to answer this, little research has been done into SM and some research seems incorrect to me, a person with first hand experience of the condition. I do understand that the name of [...]