A patient is admitted to the psychiatric unit for psychosis. When asked how they got to the hospital, the patient responds, "I took my car because people like brown hair, but then how did I get to Sesame Street? Angry birds!" This response is an example of

Loose association.


• Loose association is a thought disorder characterized by frequent shifts between ideas or subjects.

• Incorrect: Grandiose delusions are when a person is convinced he or she has special powers or abilities or is a famous person.

• Incorrect: Somatic delusion is the false belief that the body is diseased or abnormal, such as infested with parasites.

• Incorrect: Distractible speech occurs when the subject is changed mid-speech in response to a stimulus.

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