Press of speech
Logorrhea means excessive verbal production; it is manifested as an unusual verbosity that may suggest the presence of neurological or psychiatric pathologies. Logorrhea is frequently reported as a symptom of Wernicke’s aphasia, where damage to the posterior language cortex yields reduced verbal self-monitoring and a press for speech despite anomia and the consequent absence of meaningful linguistic content in spoken utterances (Christman and Buckingham 1989). Logorrhea in aphasia may be produced with normal prosody and a normal or slightly fast speech rate, and it may co-occur with neologistic jargon (Hallowell and Chapey 2008). Logorrhea has also been reported as a symptom of mania in bipolar disorder and as a symptom of chronic speech catatonia syndrome (Lee 2004).
References and Readings
- Christman, S. S., & Buckingham, H. W. (1989). Jargon aphasia. In C. Code (Ed.), The characteristics of aphasia (pp. 111–130). London: Taylor & Francis.Google Scholar
- Hallowell, B., & Chapey, R. (2008). Introduction to language intervention strategies in adult aphasia. In R. Chapey (Ed.), Language intervention strategies in aphasia and related neurogenic communication disorders (5th ed., pp. 3–19). Baltimore: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.Google Scholar