Real PBA story:

Dan, patient living with MS and PBA

Dan, a patient with Pseudobulbar Affect (PBA)
Dan, a patient with Pseudobulbar Affect (PBA)

Discovering why he was uncontrollably crying

Around 2009, Dan was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). After spending 24 years as a pediatric nurse working the night shift, his condition eventually progressed to the point where he could no longer work.

A couple of years after his MS diagnosis, Dan began experiencing moments of uncontrollable crying. “I’d have episodes where I just couldn’t match my emotions to the environment.” At first, his doctor said it was depression, and Dan agreed because he did have low moments.


I had bouts of depression, but then I had bouts of when I’d just start crying for no reason.


A commercial led him to discover PBA

Dan’s crying episodes were impacting him every day, and then he saw a TV commercial about Pseudobulbar Affect (PBA). “I’d never even heard of it. I thought, that’s exactly what’s happening. I can’t control it. I don’t know what’s going on. And so, I contacted my doctor.”

At the appointment with his neurologist, Dan talked to her about his crying episodes and what he learned about PBA. Not only did his neurologist diagnose him with PBA, but she also told him that she had other patients with MS who had PBA as well.

Getting properly diagnosed meant a lot to Dan, to finally understand what was going on. All it took was a commercial that equipped him with the information he needed to speak with his doctor.


I’m so glad for the PBA diagnosis and learning about it.


Dan is a real patient living with PBA.