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A 18-year-old female asked:

What is the condition called when an adult has inappropriate random bursts of laughter or crying?

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Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine 54 years experience
Pseudobulbar affect: Pseudobulbar affect (pba), emotional lability, labile affect refers to a neurologic disorder characterized by inoluntary crying or uncontrollable episodes of crying and/or laughing, or other emotional displays.Pba occurs secondary to neurologic disease or brain injury.
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Dr. Lily Bhattacharya
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It could be due to dementia, stroke like the doctor above suggested or thought process difficulty, emotional difficulty, a psychiatrist/psychologist can best assess this in an office setting. Have your family history ready to share to help guide the diagnosis and care offered.
Jun 21, 2014
Last updated May 15, 2016


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