Preparing for Your
Unfortunately, not all healthcare providers are familiar with PBA. That’s why preparing for your next healthcare appointment is so important. Find tips below for what to do before you speak with your healthcare provider.
There is a treatment option for PBA.
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Do these 5 things for your next appointment
It’s also good to take notes during your appointment. If you prefer, keep notes in your smartphone so you always have them handy.
Don’t worry about asking “the right questions,” just open up. Your healthcare provider wants to help you understand your symptoms. Here are some example questions:
- Could my uncontrollable crying and/or laughing be a sign of PBA?
- What should I know about PBA with my neurologic condition?
- How is PBA different than depression?
- If I do have PBA, what can I do to manage PBA?
Because PBA is sometimes mistaken for other conditions, make sure to describe your symptoms. How often do they happen? How long do they last? How do you feel while they’re happening? What are common triggers? Details matter. Here are some examples:
- I cry and/or laugh suddenly at the smallest things for no reason.
- I cry and/or laugh at inappropriate times.
- My crying and/or laughing doesn’t match how I feel.
- I’m concerned my crying may be mistaken for depression or another disorder.
Help your healthcare provider understand how your symptoms impact your daily life. What has changed in your life because of your crying and/or laughing episodes? For example:
- I avoid going out in public because I’m afraid I’ll have a crying and/or laughing episode.
- I stopped being social to avoid having an episode in front of my friends/family.
- I’m afraid my episodes are affecting my ability to work.
They can help you remember what you learn from the healthcare provider — and help you remember what to ask.
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