Flight of Ideas

 

A nearly continuous flow of accelerated speech with abrupt changes from topic to topic that are usually based on understandable associations, distracting stimuli, or plays on words. When severe, speech may be disorganized and incoherent. It is part of the DSM -5 criteria for Manic episode.

References

Beck's description

Beck A. Depression. University of Pennsylvania Press, 1972.

Description in Fish's Psychopathology

 

Descriptions in The Essentials of Postgraduate Psychiatry
Murray, R., Hill, P., & McGuffin, P. (Eds.). (1997). The essentials of postgraduate psychiatry. Cambridge University Press.