PBA Is No Laughing Matter

PBA Is No Laughing Matter


pseudobulbar affect haven’t heard of it it affects about 2 million people in the us if you have PBa you’re prone to sudden frequent and uncontrollable episodes of crying and or laughing that generally do not Fit with how you feel our next guest lives with us every day I Worked for many years as a registered nurse, and I loved ballroom dance, but then five [years] ago I had stroke, and I struggled with the use of my right side all of a sudden I started crying and laughing for no reason at all. I wasn’t sad and There was nothing fun It happened frequently, and I couldn’t control it a lot of times I felt very embarrassed especially in public I didn’t know what was wrong, and I need dancers Diana joins us today in the audience along with Dr. Gary small UcLa professor of psychiatry and aging who’s here to help explain this often? Misunderstood condition so dr.. Small it’s really important. I think to talk about who’s most at risk for this post stroke Patients like Diana or people with neurologic conditions like alzheimer’s Dementia traumatic brain injury Als [Ms]. And Parkinson’s they are at risk for PBA and this is so important I want to ask you diana. How did you find out that you have PBa I went to my doctor and I? told her when I was experiencing so she sent me to a neurologist who diagnosed me and Once you actually got the diagnosis Finally, how did that make you feel? I was validated and relieved know that this is not uncommon after a stroke and it’s manageable my family was affected by this because they Didn’t understand that this was a medical condition and they thought I was seeking attention Made me feel bad one of the jobs the brain is to figure out how we feel in any given moment information is sent to the brain stem which then sends signals to the face and other parts of the body that show your emotions, but Neurologic conditions or brain injuries can create this disconnect between the parts of the brain that Express emotion and those that control emotion this short circuit if you will contribute area episodes of crying or laughing in this case known as Pba and I think people are probably hearing about this for the [first] time Maybe realize why it can be so difficult to diagnose People with neurologic conditions or brain injury or those recovering from stroke are consumed with adjusting to their new normal or Preventing another stroke, so they simply miss the symptoms of PVa and they never report them to their doctor and physicians like myself Who care for patients with Alzheimer’s or other Dementias? Can have a hard time identifying PVa to that’s cause sudden episodes of crying or laughing? Can be mistaken for depression or other? Personality changes associated with dementia [and] the difference [is] important depression is a continuous state of sadness or hopelessness Whereas PBa crying episodes they’re relatively brief spontaneous eruptions that may not represent an Internal feeling of sadness in this case, that’s right Pva and Depression are separate conditions. The good news is that they’re both manageable That’s why it’s so important to talk with your doctor and clearly describe your symptoms and what else can people do I’ve worked with Avanir pharmaceuticals And they have a website called PVA info org for more information about PBa or to take a pBa assessment visit the website the Assessment is a simple brief questionnaire that measures [the] frequency of Pba episodes and helps doctors with the diagnosis well hopefully people now know what PBa is and Dr. Small want to thank you for joining us and thank you those two bless you more to come you

31 thoughts on “PBA Is No Laughing Matter”

  1. I have pseudobulbar affect because I have multiple sclerosis and it is very tiring to cry or giggle uncontrollably I suffer daily. I had a few episodes today

  2. I'm in my 30s and have it. Its no fun you feel all alone. Family and friends dont understand. Often get told im being childish or seeking attention. Very sad, its really not that. Dr. Diagnosed me 2 or 3 years ago. I now take nuedexta, but sometimes forget because I have short term memory loss and the cycle repeats over and over. I had a tramtic brain injury.

  3. I’m 15 and have this. I’ve had it for years. It sucks and honestly I don’t know why it happened, I’m thinking maybe when I hit myself with a hammer and didn’t go to the hospital? I hope the best for her

  4. The Joker!

    Yep, I just watched The Joker movie with Joaquin Phoenix.
    Now, I’m interested in learning about the real life disorder.

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