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PBA Nurse Talk

Find out if you're eligible to connect with a registered nurse and learn more about PBA.

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Speak with a registered nurse about Pseudobulbar Affect (PBA) at your convenience.

If you’ve been diagnosed with a neurologic condition or brain injury and experience sudden, frequent, and uncontrollable crying and/or laughing episodes, you may want to consider speaking to one of our nurses through PBA Nurse Talk*. It just takes two steps.

  • Step 1: Take a short, 7-question quiz about PBA. If your symptoms suggest PBA, you will be eligible for PBA Nurse Talk.
  • Step 2: Select the PBA Nurse Talk option at the end of the quiz and choose how you’d like to connect with a registered nurse, either by phone or online chat. Nurses are available to talk or chat from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. ET, Monday – Friday.
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Here's what you can expect from PBA Nurse Talk:

  • A judgement-free and confidential conversation
  • Information about PBA
  • Guidance on how to talk about your crying and/or laughing episodes with your family, friends, caregivers and/or healthcare providers
  • Understanding and support for how your episodes impact your daily routines

About our nurses

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About our nurses

The registered nurses in our program have a background in patient education. They believe “health is wealth” and enjoy providing information that can enrich lives. They can be resource to you as you learn more about PBA.

What callers are saying

[My episodes are] embarassing, and no one understands what is happening. I don't even understand. It is nice to finally learn more about this condition.

The PBA Quiz

Could you or someone you care for have Pseudobulbar Affect (PBA)?

PBA can happen in people with a brain injury or certain neurologic conditions. Take this 7-question quiz to help determine if you or your loved one is experiencing symptoms that could suggest PBA.

Eligible participants will have access to multiple resources once they receive their results, including the opportunity to participate in PBA Nurse Talk*.


The PBA Quiz is based on the Center for Neurologic Study-Lability Scale (CNS-LS). This assessment was developed by healthcare professionals to help doctors determine whether a person is having PBA symptoms. It has been validated in ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) and MS (Multiple Sclerosis) patient populations. The PBA Quiz is not a diagnostic tool and is not intended to substitute professional medical assessment and/or advice. Only a healthcare provider can diagnosis PBA.

*PBA Nurse Talk is sponsored by Avanir Pharmaceuticals, Inc., which is committed to supporting those who may be suffering from PBA. This program is offered at no cost to those eligible, does not require health insurance, and does not replace speaking with a healthcare provider – only a healthcare provider can diagnose PBA. PBA Nurse Talk conversations will remain completely confidential. PBA Nurse Talk is only available to people experiencing uncontrollable crying and/or laughing, not their caregivers.