Latah is an abnormal habit that can occur in various age groups, both men and women. Talkative appears when someone is startled by something, such as a scream, a shock, or a falling object.
Surprise reactions experienced by talkative sufferers tend to be exaggerated and are generally accompanied by one of the following behaviors:
  • Repeating words or phrases spoken by others (ekolalia)
  • Repeating other people’s movements (ecopraxia)
  • Saying obscenities or profanity (koprolalia)
  • Perform certain movements ordered by others (automatic obedience)
Talkative sufferers will spontaneously engage in one of these behaviors when they are surprised.
Cause Latah
As previously explained, talkativeness can be experienced by anyone.
Children aged less than 1-3 years can experience speech echolalia or echopraxia when they are learning to speak and get to know their surroundings. However, talkativeness should be watched out for if it still occurs in children older than 3 years. This can be a symptom of autism.
Meanwhile, in adults, talkativeness is usually caused by feelings of stress, fear, or anxiety. When you hear a loud sound or feel a sudden strong shaking of the body, a person can feel fear and anxiety to the point of repeating the words or gestures of other people around him.
Not only that, talkative adults can also be caused by other factors, including:
  • Communication disorders, such as aphasia
  • Dementia
  • Head injury
  • Delirium
  • Tourette’s syndrome
  • Paralysis
  • Schizophrenia
  • Epilepsy
In contrast to talkative echolalia and talkative echopraxia who imitate words or body movements of others, people with coprolalia talk will issue swear words or obscene words. This dirty slur comes out uncontrollably when they are surprised, anywhere and anytime.
Well, the talkative coprolalia sufferer is suspected of having damage to the amygdala, the part of the brain that processes fear and anger.
How to Overcome Latah
Even though they seem funny and even make jokes, talkative sufferers often feel tired when they are constantly imitating other people’s words or movements. However, this condition is also difficult to control because they cannot control the body’s response to physical movements or speech of others.
Talkative sufferers can even do dangerous actions, such as imitating punching or kicking movements, and saying obscene words in public places that have the potential to offend others.
How to deal with talkativeness really depends on the underlying cause. Therefore, talkative sufferers are advised to consult a psychiatrist to find out the conditions that make them talkative.
Here are some common treatments to deal with laziness:
Speech therapy
People with talkative echolalia are encouraged to attend speech therapy sessions to learn to express what they are thinking. The therapist will also identify the cause of the talkative, then try to understand why the talkative sufferer always repeats what other people say when they are surprised.
Administration of drugs
If the talkativeness is caused by an anxiety disorder, mental health disorder, epilepsy, or Tourette’s syndrome, your doctor may prescribe certain medications. But keep in mind, these drugs only help reduce the severity of the condition, not to cure the talkative.
If you experience nausea, you should consult a doctor to determine the cause and get the right treatment.
However, if you know someone who is feeling talkative, don’t use it as a joke. Pay more attention to make him feel safe, comfortable, and accepted. If necessary, suggest to see a doctor.