Teen with Selective Mutism
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I am an enabling parent, but I don't know how to stop. My teen daughter has social anxiety and also selective mutism. She is 17. Besides the obvious "not answering for her", how do I force her to talk and deal with things she does not want to? I tell her to do things, but she doesnt and I end up doing them for her. I know I need to stop this enabling but I am afraid she will be content to just back down and settle for avoiding everything. Do I force her or make her? I've read that pressuring someone with selective mutism may make it worse. She already has developed an avoidiant personality and deals with stress by detaching. She thinks she wants to live life alone with her pets.. How do I help her as a parent?
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