Some time ago I had a brief discussion with an acquaintance involving the most perplexing, yet mysteriously interesting behavior. What had been a mystery for this family was revealed a month ago. Their loved one had exhibited inappropriate laughter, crying, and emotional outbursts that weren’t connected to a psychotic disorder.
Pseudo-bulbar affect (PBA) was a condition that had this family emotionally drained for years. It is currently defined as a neurological condition characterized by unpredictable and uncontrollable emotional outbursts involving laughter and crying during inappropriate times.
PBA is often the result of strokes, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, or dementia/Alzheimer’s Disease. This neurological condition can masquerade as a mental disturbance. The reason this topic is so important for us on this particular blog is because holistic healthcare is vital. Many medical conditions have been diagnosed as mental illnesses.
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