Klazomania came from the Greek words “klazo” which means “to scream” and “mainesthai” which translates to “be mad”. It is a mental state characterized by compulsive or repetitive shouting which has been seen in patients with carbon monoxide poisoning, encephalitis lethargica, alcoholism, and post-encephalitic parkinsonism; however, the specific cause is still unknown. The shouting may be in several forms such as cursing, grunting, and even barking. Those manifesting this condition may seem like they are in pain but there is generally no actual physical discomfort. One example is a patient who has a history of encephalitis lethargica, head injury, and dyskinesias (hyperlink). His bouts of klazomania often lasts for around 30 minutes to an hour. He is aware of his surroundings but he cannot control his swearing, screaming, and barking.

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