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Thousands of health conditions are known in the world of healthcare. Some of them are severe and life-threatening, others are more of a discomfort. The pseudobulbar affect or PBA is somewhere in the middle. It’s a condition that is still not thoroughly researched, but lots of people live with it every second of their lives.

Life can be highly unpredictable. The pseudobulbar can be genetic and people may have it by birth, or it can be acquired after some life situations. One of the most common situations after which people get the PBA is a stroke.

Around 28% to 52% of people who suffered a stroke develop this condition. It is more likely to get it after someone suffered more than one. This is not a life-threatening condition, but it’s still something that gives uncomforted and is best to be treated and controlled.

In this article, we’re talking more about this condition and how to put it in order. Read on if you want to learn more about this problem and what are the options to stop the swinging behavior of patients struggling with it.

What is pseudobulbar affect?

The pseudobulbar affect, or PBA, or emotional incontinence is a condition in which the patient has often uncontrolled mood swings regardless of the situation they are in. These emotional swings may be crying, laughter, sadness, anger, and others.

Patients with this condition have almost no control over their display of emotions. Just a mild sad situation may burst them into tears that they won’t be able to stop them for minutes. In some cases, severe negative moments will make them laugh uncontrollably.

The problem comes from neurological or brain damage. This is why lots of people who suffered a stroke develop this condition. Older people are more prone to it, and especially those who suffered more than one stroke. However, people who didn’t have a stroke might also have it.

It’s crucial to make a difference between PBA and depression

Lots of times people mistake this condition with depression. Although some similar points lead us to think about both, they are very different from each other. Clinical depression and bipolar behavior are highly different and can often cause a problem for the well-being of the person coping with them.

On the other hand, the pseudobulbar affect is not dangerous in any form, although it can cause discomfort, embarrassment, and social isolation. These issues might not be as terrible, but it would be better off without them.

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