The impact of

living with PBA

The unpredictable episodes of sudden, frequent, uncontrollable crying and/or laughter associated with Pseudobulbar Affect (PBA) can be embarrassing to the point that they can affect your daily routines. Tell your healthcare provider how your episodes have changed the way you live so they can help you manage your symptoms.

Images of people affected by Pseudobulbar Affect (PBA)
Images of people affected by Pseudobulbar Affect (PBA)

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PBA episodes and everyday life*

The impact of PBA goes beyond crying and laughing.

  • The unpredictability of your episodes may make you want to avoid going out in public or interacting with other people.
  • You may make changes to your routines at work, interactions with family and friends, and your everyday tasks because of how often your episodes are triggered.

PBA is a real condition that you can do something about. Ask your healthcare provider how PBA can be managed.

Learn more about talking to an HCP

*Colamonico J, Formella A, Bradley W. Pseudobulbar affect: burden of illness in the USA. Adv Ther. 2012;29:775-798.

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PBA episodes can impact:

Tammy, a patient with MS and Pseudobulbar Affect (PBA)

Ordinary Routines


[I was volunteering and] I’d collect books for the underprivileged. I would be crying the whole time. There was no control whatsoever.


Tammy, patient with MS and PBA

Connie, a patient with MS and Pseudobulbar Affect (PBA)

Workplace Interactions


It was very embarrassing to have my coworkers see me have these crying spells.


Connie, patient with MS and PBA

Amy, a patient with TBI and Pseudobulbar Affect (PBA)

Social Situations


[At a dinner,] I had a mouthful of food, and I spit it out all over the table because I started laughing.


Amy, patient with TBI and PBA

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Have you been diagnosed with PBA?

Download the “I Have PBA” card and keep it with you. Take control of social situations by sharing it with the people you’re with so they know what to expect if you have an episode.

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