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My Friend Sometimes Writes Random Sentences/Words in the Middle of a Chat

Basically all said in summary, we’ve been talking a lot  for over a year, but last couple of months he would just write something in the middle of normal conversation that is completely incomprehensible or out of character, i asked him about it and he just turned it into a joke but it was the worst cover up ever. i don’t think he does it on purpose. Is that a symptom of something like writing version of Tourette’s? (From Moscow)

My Friend Sometimes Writes Random Sentences/Words in the Middle of a Chat

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  Tourette’s syndrome (TS) is typically classified as a neurological disorder characterized by repetitive, stereotyped, involuntary movements, which may be accompanied by vocalizations called tics, not written expressions. The closest thing to what you are describing is something known as primary progressive aphasia (PPA). This is something that can cause unusual sentences in writing like you have described.

However, there may be a technological answer. Apple’s QuickType keyboard anticipates the next word and speech programs, like Siri, can make errors that create unusual or confusing sentences if the intended word is misheard by the program.

Wishing you patience and peace,
Dr. Dan
Proof Positive Blog @ PsychCentral

My Friend Sometimes Writes Random Sentences/Words in the Middle of a Chat

Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP

Dan Tomasulo Ph.D., TEP, MFA, MAPP teaches Positive Psychology in the graduate program of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College and works with Martin Seligman, the Father of Positive Psychology in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Director of the New York Certification in Positive Psychology for the Open Center in New York City and on faculty at New Jersey City University. Sharecare has honored him as one of the top 10 online influencers on the topic of depression. For more information go to: http://www.dare2behappy.com/. He also writes for Psych Central's Ask the Therapist column and the Proof Positive blog.

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Tomasulo, D. (2017). My Friend Sometimes Writes Random Sentences/Words in the Middle of a Chat. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 22, 2018, from https://psychcentral.com/ask-the-therapist/2017/10/07/my-friend-sometimes-writes-random-sentenceswords-in-the-middle-of-a-chat/

 

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