Danny Glover Joins PBA Facts Campaign, to Educate and Build Awareness of Pseudobulbar Affect (PBA), a Little Known but Widespread Neurologic Condition
While PBA is not well known, an estimated two million Americans suffer from PBA, a neurologic condition characterized by uncontrollable, sudden outbursts of crying and/or laughing that usually don't match what the person is feeling on the inside. PBA occurs in people with brain injuries or certain neurologic conditions such as Alzheimer's disease, stroke or multiple sclerosis (MS). That's why it is so important for consumers to learn that there is a name for this neurologic condition and that it is treatable.
"Sudden outbursts of crying or laughing can be a sign of fine acting. But for some, it could be a sign of PBA," said
"We believe Mr. Glover's ability to 'act' PBA outbursts of crying and laughing will increase understanding and help undiagnosed people recognize their symptoms and inspire them to learn more," said
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PBA is a neurologic condition characterized by uncontrollable, disruptive laughing and/or crying outbursts that are often contrary or exaggerated to the patient's inner mood state. As a result, many of those afflicted with PBA show significant impairment on standard measures of health status, and impairments in occupational and social function, often leading to social isolation. PBA occurs secondary to a variety of neurologic conditions such as traumatic brain injury (TBI), multiple sclerosis (MS), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Parkinson's disease, stroke and Alzheimer's disease. When these disorders damage areas of the brain that regulate normal emotional expression, they can lead to uncontrollable, disruptive episodes of crying or laughing. For more information about PBA, please visit www.PBAFacts.com.
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