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Gwynneth Down

Dr Gwynneth Down is a Consultant Family Psychotherapist. She is the Head of Family Psychotherapy across the Department of Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Psychosocial Services.

Selective mutism

Selective mutism is a childhood anxiety disorder where a child cannot speak in almost all social situations despite being able to. Selective mutism usually begins in children under five years of age, though it may only become noticeable when a child begins school. Most children with selective mutism are believed to have an inherited predisposition to anxiety and there can be a variety of additional contributing causes.

Growth hormone deficiency

Growth hormone deficiency (GHD) is a condition which slows down growth, or in some cases stops it completely. It develops when the pituitary gland – the gland which produces hormones and is located deep inside your brain – doesn’t produce enough hormones.