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Identification of pseudobulbar affect symptoms in Veterans with possible traumatic brain injury

Jennifer R. Fonda, MA, et al.

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.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2014.08.0191

Volume 52 Number 7, 2015
   Pages 839 — 850


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