PseudoBulbar Affect (PBA), which causes uncontrollable outbursts of crying and/or laughing in people with certain neurologic conditions or brain injuries, is estimated to affect nearly 2 million Americans, yet very few people have ever heard of it. A common thread tying all the cast members together is their desire to educate audiences about PBA. While The PBA Film Project is currently in production, the film team and cast members not only contribute to this blog but also participate in news pieces, interviews, and promote the film via social media.
Dyanna, a former nurse and ex-competitive ballroom dancer who recently moved to Anaheim, CA, had the chance to talk about PBA and her own journey on FOX News “Health Talk” hosted by Laura Ingle. Dyanna was joined by neurologist Dr. Andrew Stalker, who also makes an appearance in The PBA Film Project (working title). In the interview, Dyanna and Dr. Stalker discuss what PBA is, who it can affect, and how Dyanna felt relieved after receiving her diagnosis.
The online interview was also accompanied by an article which you can read below.
Please see below for excerpts from the online Fox News “Health Talk” article
“The people who are at risk for developing PBA are people who have an underlying neurologic condition,” said Dr. Andrew Stalker, a neurologist at Northeastern Ohio College of Medicine.
“I was in the exam room and when [the doctor] came in, I had a PBA episode and I started crying and I couldn’t stop,” said Dyanna Hurley, 68, who developed PBA after a stroke. “He said, ‘Of course, you’re depressed. I am going to put you on some anti-depressants.’”
But Hurley knew her symptoms were different from depression, so she scheduled an appointment with her primary care doctor and was referred to the neurologist who eventually diagnosed her with PBA.
“It’s so important that people and doctors realize that this is an actual disease and it can be treated,” said Hurley.
To raise awareness for PBA, Stalker and Hurley have teamed up with Avanir Pharmaceuticals to bring this issue to the big screen in the documentary, The PBA Film Project (working title).
PBA occurs secondary to a variety of otherwise unrelated neurologic conditions, and is characterized by involuntary, sudden, and frequent episodes of laughing and/or crying. PBA is a specific condition, distinct from other types of emotional lability that may occur in patients with neurological disease or injury.
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