It is well known that some kinds of brain damage
can change the way people express how they are
feeling. The condition called ???pseudobulbar affect,???
or PBA, can develop after brain damage, making
people laugh or cry even though they are not really
feeling happy or sad. We sent a survey to Veterans of
the recent wars who reported a history of concussion.
We found that PBA symptoms were very common,
with 70% reporting symptoms. Since PBA symptoms can be embarrassing and difficult to control at
work or home, doctors should identify and treat PBA
in this group of Veterans.
Volume 52 Number 7, 2015
Pages 839 — 850
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