Pressured Speech

By Renée Grinnell

Rapid and copious talk, often loud and difficult to interrupt. A hallmark of bipolar disorder’s manic phase, or sometimes of schizophrenia.

Example: A new patient talks rapidly for half an hour in a loud, angry tone, without any apparent need for prompting or encouragement.

    Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 26 Oct 2008