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

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

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. ...Read more

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Crying (Definition)

Crying in infancy is described as a loud, high-pitched sound made by infants in response to certain situations. Infants have a cry reflex that is a normal response to some stimuli, such as pain or hunger. Older children and adults cry for emotional reasons such as pain, fear, sadness, or frustration. Premature infants may not have a cry reflex, so they must be monitored closely for signs ...Read more

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Laughing one moment then crying the next is a possible symptom of a psych problem?

Laughing one moment then crying the next is a possible symptom of a psych problem?

Possible: It is a possible symptom if it is going on for a while. Evaluation by a psychiatrist is required. ...Read more

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I have sharp pain under my left ribcage on my back. Things like crying (it really hurts), coughing, and laughing make it worse. What could this be?

I have sharp pain under my left ribcage on my back. Things like crying (it really hurts), coughing, and laughing make it worse. What could this be?

See your doctor: Your symptoms may be signs of something significantly wrong. One cannot tell without a complete history, physical and possible lab/imaging tests. Follow with your doctor as soon as you can. Things that can cause pains in chest and ribcage include heartburn, pleurisy, pneumonia, gallbladder problems, liver disease, kidney problems, heart attacks, or blood clots. ...Read more

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"fake" faints, shaking body parts out of sudden, expressionless, crying or laughing for no reason, random screams, can it be touretters? 14 y/o sister

"fake" faints, shaking body parts out of sudden, expressionless, crying or laughing for no reason, random screams, can it be touretters? 14 y/o sister

Attention seeking: Sounds like someone acting in a bizarre manor either to avoid some issue or get attention. Tourette syndrome often begins in the 4-6 yo & evolves over time. The teen who develops this late is unlikely affected. ...Read more

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Why when I see something funny and start laughing, I get an overwhelming feeling of sadness and start crying?

MDE, pseudobulbar : The most common causes of alexithymia (unawareness of affect or inappropriate affect) is depression or other psychiatric disorders. However, neurologic disorders, such as pseudo bulbar affect, can result in inappropriate affective responses. If antidepressants are not effective, a neurologic workup is indicated. ...Read more

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3 months old baby with bronchiolitis receiving albuterol+nebulizer therapies makes high pitch stridor-like when laughing or crying. NOT all the time.

3 months old baby with bronchiolitis receiving albuterol+nebulizer therapies makes high pitch stridor-like when laughing or crying. NOT all the time.

Croup?: Bronchiolitis is a lower airway disease that is sometimes treated with bronchodilators such as albuterol. Stridor develops with inflammation of structures much higher up, and is common with Croup. Most children with croup do not wheeze unless they are predisposed to doing so. ...Read more

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Someone told me i can either wake up laughing or crying after surgery, is that true?

Someone told me i can either wake up laughing or crying after surgery, is that true?

Not really: While those patients who go to sleep very distressed tend to wake up that way, the opposite is not true. Most patients come awake very gently and slowly. You most likely will too. Talk to your anesthesiologist about your fears before the operation. Good luck. ...Read more

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Past 2 days i've been crying 1 min laughing the next what's wrong with me :( ?

Crying for no reason: You very well may be depressed. And, your emotions are probably exhausting to you. This rapid swinging from tears to laughter is a good sign for depression. Just know that there is help. You do not have to live this way. You just need to ask for help. You can start with your trusted health care advisor and go from there until you get a remedy that works. ...Read more

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