Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
| Editors: Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan

Pressured Speech

  • Natalie DattiloEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_2083


Accelerated speech that is increased in amount and difficult or impossible to interrupt. Affected persons may present with speech that is incessant, rapid, loud, or emphatic. It is not uncommon for the person to talk without any social exchange and continue even though no one is listening. Typically considered a symptom of schizophrenia; also occurs during the course of a manic episode.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryIndiana University School of MedicineIndianapolisUSA