Pseudobulbar affect (PBA) is a brain condition that's characterized by episodes of frequent, involuntary, and uncontrollable outbursts of crying or laughing that are exaggerated and not connected to emotional states. Frequently, laughter turns to tears and yet the person’s mood will appear normal between episodes.
Importantly, there are almost 2 million people in the US with neurologic conditions or traumatic brain injury who have been diagnosed with PBA, and over 7 million people in the US with these underlying conditions have symptoms that may suggest PBA.
It is not completely understood why PBA occurs, but it is associated with neurological disorders and/or brain damage, most notably: Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of Dementia, Brain Tumors, Stroke, and Traumatic Brain Injury.
Learn more about PBA through the resources provided including a PBA Information session with Dr. Anthony Feinstein, a panel discussion with Dr. Michael Jaffee and Dr. Edgar Angelone and a downloadable resource for the practitioner.