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Pressured Speech


Updated April 15, 2014

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Definition: Pressured speech is a symptom of mania and hypomania in bipolar disorder, and may also occur in some other conditions.

Pressured speech consists of rapid talking, which is often loud and can be difficult to interrupt. Speech may be so fast that is difficult to understand.

In a person who is also experiencing flight of ideas, the pressured speech may be disjointed and incoherent.

For more about pressured speech and some examples from our community members, see What Is Pressured Speech.


Droogendijk, Daniel, RPN. Pressure of Speech. Bipolar Disorder Symptoms. 30 Jan 2009. Accessed 7 Jan 2010.

Examples: At a department meeting, Mark's pressured speech became loud and disruptive, and because he ignored requests to be quiet and let others speak, he was later reprimanded by his manager.

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