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Your doctor won't need to do tests to diagnose PBA, but may order an electroencephalog (EEG) test to rule out a form of epilepsy that can cause similar symptoms. Two questionnaires help determine if the laughing and weeping are signs of PBA:   

  • Pathological Laughing and Crying Scale (PLACS): The doctor asks you questions about the episodes, including how long they lasted, how they related to your mood and social situation, and how much distress you felt afterward. 
  • Center for Neurologic Study-Lability Scale (CNS-LS): You answer questions about your symptoms. How often do they occur? How do they make you feel?

From: What Is Pseudobulbar Affect? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Ahmed, A. , November 29, 2013. Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management

Brain Injury Association of America: "What is pseudobulbar affect (PBA)?

Cruz, M. , June 2013. Pharmacy and Therapeutics

Johns Hopkins Health Library: "Electroencephalogram (EEG)."

Merriam-Webster Dictionary: "Prefrontal Cortex."

National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences: "Pseudobulbar affect."

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: "Pseudobulbar Affect."

National Stroke Association: "Pseudobulbar Affect. -- PBA."

News Release, Avanir Pharmaceuticals.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 06, 2018

SOURCES:

Ahmed, A. , November 29, 2013. Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management

Brain Injury Association of America: "What is pseudobulbar affect (PBA)?

Cruz, M. , June 2013. Pharmacy and Therapeutics

Johns Hopkins Health Library: "Electroencephalogram (EEG)."

Merriam-Webster Dictionary: "Prefrontal Cortex."

National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences: "Pseudobulbar affect."

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: "Pseudobulbar Affect."

National Stroke Association: "Pseudobulbar Affect. -- PBA."

News Release, Avanir Pharmaceuticals.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 06, 2018

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