flight of ideas


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flight of ideas

 
a nearly continuous flow of rapid speech that jumps from topic to topic, usually based on discernible associations, distractions, or plays on words, but in severe cases so rapid as to be disorganized and incoherent. It is most commonly seen in manic episodes but may also occur in other mental disorders, such as in manic phases of schizophrenia.

flight of i·de·as

an uncontrollable symptom of the manic phase of a bipolar depressive disorder in which streams of unrelated words and ideas occur to the patient at a rate that is difficult to vocalize despite a marked increase in the person's overall output of words.
See also: mania, manic episode.

flight of ideas

(flīt of i-de´ahz) a nearly continuous flow of rapid speech that jumps from topic to topic, usually based on discernible associations, distractions, or plays on words, but sometimes disorganized and incoherent.

flight of ideas

(in psychiatry) a continuous stream of talk in which the patient switches rapidly from one topic to another and each subject is incoherent and unrelated to the preceding one or is stimulated by some environmental circumstance. The condition is frequently a symptom of acute manic states and schizophrenia. Compare circumstantiality.

flight of ideas

Psychiatry A virtually continuous flow of accelerated speech in which a person abruptly changes from one to another topic, usually based on understandable associations; in extreme FOI, the speech is disorganized or incoherent. See Bipolar disorder.

flight of i·de·as

(flīt ī-dē'-ăz)
An uncontrollable symptom of the manic phase of a bipolar depressive disorder in which streams of unrelated words and ideas occur to the patient at a rate that is impossible to vocalize despite a marked increase in the person's overall output of words.
See also: mania

flight of ideas

A rapid succession of thoughts manifested by continuous and constantly shifting verbalization or loosely linked play on words. The ideas are generally connected. Flight of ideas is a feature of manic mood disorders.
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