Disorganized Speech


Disorganized Speech, Tangential Speech, Tangentiality, Loose Associations, Word Salad, Schizophasia, Blocking Speech, Circumstantial Speech, Flight of ideas, Perseveration

  • Definitions
  1. Loose Associations (Tangential Speech)
    1. Speech moves quickly through multiple topics (seemingly unrelated, although connected in the patient's view)
  2. Schizophasia (Word Salad)
    1. Confused and repetitive speech
    2. Use of unrelated words or words without meaning
  3. Circumstantial Speech
    1. Lengthy story of loosely related or unrelated details
  4. Flight of ideas
    1. Rapidly moving from one idea to another related idea
  5. Perseveration
    1. Frequently repeated thought or phrase
  6. Blocking Speech
    1. Interrupted speech or train of thought, only to be resumed minutes later