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Does everyone who has bipolar disorder also have rapid speech disorder?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
When manic, probably: Bipolar disorder includes manic episodes. When manic, the person may speak very rapidly -- often jumping quickly from topic to topic, or associating by word sounds rather than their meanings. It can be hard to follow these conversations. Associations can become rapid and confusing enough to sound like gibberish, but the person is trying to communicate and can get increasingly irritable.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Agree w Dr. Pappas: A person with Bipolar Disorder does not always present with rapid speech. When depressed - speech might be on the slow side or normal rate. Rapid and often pressured speech is likely to present in manic phase.

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