Virtual Forum: Pseudobulbar Affect: A Path to Diagnosis
Location: Online Via PsychU.org
Description: Pseudobulbar Affect (PBA) is a neurological disorder occurring secondary to neurologic disease or brain injury and it is characterized by episodes of involuntary crying or laughing incongruent with the patient’s underlying mood. Several neurologic conditions or injuries can lead to PBA, including Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias, stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and traumatic brain injury, making diagnosis and management of PBA complex. PBA is also associated with significant burden to the lives of patients and their caregivers, but, to date, it is widely under-recognized.
During this virtual forum, Peter Zafirides, MD, President and Medical Director of Central Ohio Behavioral Medicine, Inc., Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Ohio State University in Columbus, OH, and Larry Warner, MD, Medical Director and Staff Psychiatrist, Collaborative Minds Staff Psychiatrist at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge, LA, will provide an introduction to PBA, providing their own clinical perspective on the condition. The online discussion will cover an overview of the condition, its prevalence and burden, and the pathophysiology thought to underlie PBA. The presenters will also discuss barriers to PBA diagnosis as well as tools that can be used to assess PBA. The discussion will conclude with time for questions from the audience.
Drs. Zafirides and Warner are paid consultants of Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc.
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