Refers to a patient who presents as acutely awkward in social settings, resulting in twitching, banging on tables, hooting, rhythmic rocking and leg smacking in an almost Tourette's
-like fashion. First audible symptom is a repetitive random vocalization, for example "Dirt dirt dirt" or "Beer beer beer". While vocalization subject matter is variable the vocalizations are commonly grouped in threes, and accompanied by specific body language, as if the speaker is making a particularly well defined point that defies argument(raised eyebrows, smug expression, eye contact). This can also be accompanied by inappropriate use of profanity, in particular in the presence of the very young or aged, hence the common misdiagnosis of Tourette's.
This condition is sometimes confused with mild Asperger's Syndrome or mild situational agoraphobia and is potentially sympathetic with OCD. Originally observed in Central Canada, with a brief outbreak in Eastern Canada, there is believed to be a tie with Latvia, perhaps due to immigration/emigration. It is not uncommon for Booveris to be treated by self-medication of intoxicants.
There is no clinical agreement if this condition is chromosomal, hereditary, viral, or bacterial.
Key to diagnosis is the patient's inability to prevent or even take note of the offensive/questionable behavior or, if attention is drawn to the behavior, for the patient to understand why the general pubic might be alarmed by the above noted behavior.