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Communication difficulties

Cammatia1
Cammatia1 Community member Posts: 10 Listener
Hi, after not thinking it was something that could be formally diagnosed, I've realised that I 100% have selective mutism and intend to get a formal diagnosis.

The thing is over the years I've unintentionally coped with it by avoiding situations that cause it, so I avoid advocating for myself within intimidating social and work situations and talking about topics I perceive to be intimidating including mental health struggles, looking for general emotional support etc. Because of my autism I find most social interactions intimidating, so I don't go out or speak to people much unless I absolutely have to.

If I didn't avoid them I would become literally unable to speak, and would have a mental breakdown if I tried to force myself while being mute.

Would it be possible to gain communication points if I explain this? I don't know if I could since I technically don't have the problem, but I don't have it because I avoid it constantly, which leaves my social and occupational life dire, and my ability to seek support really surface level.

Thanks :)

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  • Rosie_Scope
    Rosie_Scope Posts: 2,079 Scope online community team
    edited March 5
    Hi @Cammatia1, I don't have direct experience of this myself but I hope some of our other members will offer their experiences soon.

    The list on Citizen's Advice about the communicating verbally question does mention autism and communication difficulties. If you're able to show how it affects you and give examples of what might happen for the descriptors, it could potentially increase your points. But as I said, I'm no expert and I wouldn't want to say for certain. Sorry that I can't be of more help.

    But I hope you're able to get a diagnosis soon and that it helps you in whatever you decide to do moving forward :)
    Rosie (she/her)

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