With Logorrhoe (which, even logorrhoea , from ancient Greek λογόρροια logórrhoia - from λόγος lógos "word, speech" and ρέειν rhéein "flow" - German "Pathologic talkativeness" fachsprachlich occasionally polyphrasia , colloquially speaking diarrhea , speech addiction , fluency , pressured speech ) is defined as the compulsive urge of a patient or test person to communicate excessively verbally. Logorrhea can occur with some mental illnesses, but also with excessive consumption of alcohol , caffeine or other drugs.
Logorrhea results in an almost uninterrupted and excessively rapid flow of speech. A distinction is made between incoherent and coherent logorrhea ; in the incoherent form, the flow of speech can no longer be followed.
Logorrhea occurs as a typical condition in manic , paranoid and schizophrenic clinical pictures as well as in anxious-aroused psychoses . It can also be a symptom of a neurological disease. A state of general disinhibition is ascribed to organic damage to the brain in the frontal area, for example . Likewise, Wernicke's aphasia as a result of a stroke can lead to a meaningless stringing together of words.
- Otto Dornblüth in Clinical Dictionary (13th / 14th edition, 1927): Logorrhoea (accessed on August 24, 2009)
- Grit König: When the words tumble haphazardly ( memento from March 8, 2016 in the Internet Archive ). Zurich Oberland February 1, 2008