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A study recently released from the Brain Injury Association of America indicates that approximately 80 percent of brain injury patient respondents experience symptoms of PBA. The symptoms can compromise a personís ability to work and often lead to social isolation.

What is PBA you ask?

Pseudobulbar affect or PBA is a neurological condition that affects people with an existing neurological condition, like traumatic brain injury (TBI), Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), Lou Gehrig's disease (ALS), or stroke. People with PBA have sudden outbursts of involuntary emotional displays that they cannot control.

Five clues that your loved one has pseudobulbar affect (PBA), not depression:

  • He or she bursts out crying or laughing for no apparent reason.

  • He or she cries or laughs at inappropriate times.

  • He or she experiences outbursts of emotion that are exaggerated or inappropriate for the situation.

  • He or she canít control their tears or laughter, even when they try to.

  • He or she may isolate themselves out of fear of having an episode in public.  


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