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Wednesday, July 09, 2014
Mental issues are a major part of why people are not able to achieve their goals. Mental issues are not a new concept; however, it is not tangible so it is difficult to measure the amount of one mental [issue to another] to another. What happens with you when you have…?
“Sudden, uncontrollable crying, and sometimes laughing, characterize a little-known illness called PBA, pseudobulbar affect. A majority of patients with these and other symptoms are misdiagnosed with depression and, less often, bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses. Here is information on PBA and why it is confused with mental disorders…
Pseudobulbar affect is a condition that occurs due to other neurologic conditions, and may occur in patients with amytrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig's Disease), multiple sclerosis (MS), Alzheimer's disease, and Parkinson's disease. Traumatic brain injury via accident or stroke may cause PBA to appear as well. Sometimes PBA symptoms uncover a hidden brain injury.
Although the illness was described over a century ago, it continues to be misdiagnosed with great frequency. Part of the reason is that it can cause depression, as well as lead to other symptoms associated with both depression and bipolar illness. In addition, people with the illnesses PBA is associated with, such as multiple sclerosis, often also have depression or bipolar symptoms. And finally, treatments for mood disorders generally do have some effect in reducing the symptoms of PBA, though frequently not enough to allow the patient to feel normal again.
Diagnosis or Misdiagnosis?
Some reliable tests for PBA have been developed, and more are in the works. Because so many people are misdiagnosed as having depression, bipolar, or other illnesses such as anxiety disorders or even schizophrenia, it's impossible to know how many people in the U.S. actually have pseudobulbar affect. Estimates put the number of patients with PBA between one and two million. With time and education, more people will be identified as having PBA and have access to proper treatment.”
Most often if you are able to get a proper diagnosis and treatment you will see a difference in the rest of your life and your life pursuits. However, the thing about getting proper treatment and diagnosis is that the patient has the responsibility to total describe their symptoms fully and completely.
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