PBA is treatable “Once you’ve discussed all your symptoms, you and your doctor can develop a treatment plan that can help you manage your PBA outbursts.” Dr. P. Zafirides, Psychiatrist
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PBA is treatable

PBA is treatable

Today, PBA is treatable. But before discussing treatment options, your doctor must be able to correctly diagnose your symptoms. That’s why it’s so important to accurately describe your crying or laughing episodes to your physician. Here are a few simple tools that can help you communicate effectively about what you’ve been experiencing when you next visit your doctor.

Ask yourself the following questions about your crying or laughing episodes:

  • Are my episodes sometimes exaggerated or inappropriate?
  • Do my episodes actually reflect what I’m feeling inside?
  • Have I avoided spending time with my family or friends because of my unpredictable outbursts?
  • Could my crying episodes be mistaken for depression?
Capture you episodes

Capture your episodes

Sometimes “showing” can be easier than “telling”. Next time you have an episode, capture it on video or ask a loved one or caregiver to do it for you. Smart phones, tablets, and laptops have video functions that are very easy to use. Once you’ve recorded an episode, label it and save it for the next time you see your doctor.

Once you’ve discussed your symptoms with your doctor, you can develop a treatment plan together that can help you manage your PBA outbursts.

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