Carlos Morra and Ernst Franzek: Psychopathological Symptoms

Stilted speech


Definition: Excessively forced or formal speech, which seems picturesque or outdated, pompous, distant or excessively polished (Andreasen 1979).


Exploration: The presence of stilted speech can be established by interviewing the patient.



Andreasen NC. Thought, language, and communication disorders. I. Clinical assessment, definition of terms, and evaluation of their reliability. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1979; 36(12):1315-21.


November 28, 2019