Senior male patient with crying caused by PseudoBulbar Affect (PBA)

Do I have PBA?

Take a short quiz and share it with your doctor

Wondering if you or someone you care for might have PseudoBulbar Affect (PBA)—sudden, frequent, uncontrollable crying and/or laughing that doesn't match how you feel?

This 7-question quiz could help you start a new conversation with your doctor about PseudoBulbar Affect.

PBA can happen in people with a brain injury or certain neurologic conditions, but PBA can often be confused with depression. The two are separate conditions that should be diagnosed and managed separately.

PseudoBulbar Affect Quiz

This quiz is not a diagnostic tool. Only a doctor can determine whether you have PBA.

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There are times when I feel fine one minute, and then I'll become tearful the next over something small or for no reason at all.

There are times when the person seems to feel fine one minute, and then becomes tearful the next over something small or for no reason at all.

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Others have told me that I seem to become amused very easily or that I seem to become amused about things that really aren't funny.

Others have told the person that they seem to become amused very easily or about things that really aren’t funny.

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I find myself crying very easily.

The person finds himself/herself crying very easily.

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I find that even when I try to control my laughter, I am often unable to do so.

The person finds that, even when they try to control their laughter, they are often unable to do so.

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There are times when I won’t be thinking of anything happy or funny at all, but will suddenly be overcome by funny or happy thoughts.

There are times when the person I care for won’t be thinking of anything happy or funny at all, but will suddenly be overcome by funny or happy thoughts.

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I find that even when I try to control my crying, I am often unable to do so.

The person finds that, even when they try to control their crying, they are often unable to do so.

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I find that I am easily overcome by laughter.

The person finds that they are easily overcome by laughter.

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In studies, scores of 13 or higher were more likely to suggest PBA.

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This score does not diagnose PBA, and lower or higher scores can occur in people with and without PBA. Your doctor will still need to determine if you have PBA.

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The Center for Neurologic Study-Lability Scale (CNS-LS) was developed by healthcare professionals to identify and measure PBA symptoms. It does not diagnose PBA and is not intended to substitute for professional medical assessment and/or advice. Please consult with your doctor.

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