Coprolalia

By Gillian Fournier

Involuntarily making obscene or inappropriate utterances and remarks. It has been described as parrot like or repetitious in nature and it can be traced back to childhood. Some signs of a child that may develop this issue are tics, grunting/groaning noises and shouting as well as compulsive movements of the arms. It can be, but is not always, a characteristic of Tourette syndrome. It can also (upon rare occasion) be a sign of schizophrenia.

You can find a much more detailed explanation of coprolalia here: http://www.medterms.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=12349


    Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 10 Aug 2010