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flight of ideas


Definition: 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

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