ISSN : 2146-3123
E-ISSN : 2146-3131

Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors for Treatment of Selective Mutism
Mazlum Çöpür 1, Işık Görker 2, Türkay Demir 3
1Clinic of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Bakırköy Psychiatric and Neurological Diseases Hospital, İstanbul, Turkey
2Department of Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Faculty of Medicine, Trakya University, Edirne, Turkey
3Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Cerrahpaşa Faculty of Medicine, İstanbul University, İstanbul, Turkey
DOI : 10.5174/tutfd.2010.04056.1
Pages : 99-102


Some authors suggest that selective mutism should be considered as a variant of social phobia or a disorder in the obsessive-compulsive spectrum. Recent studies indicate that pharmacological treatments may be effective in the treatment of selective mutism. In this article, four cases who were treated with citalopram and escitalopram are presented. The results indicate that the drugs were well tolerated, and the level of social and verbal interactions improved significantly. These findings have shown that citalopram and escitalopram can be considered in medication of selective mutism; nevertheless, it is essential that research be done with more cases than previous ones, in order to prove their accuracy

Keywords : Selective mutism, children, escitalopram, citalopram
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