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In this Facebook Live recording, the Brain Injury Association of America’s Greg Ayotte is joined by Dr. Greg O’Shanick, BIAA’s Medical Director Emeritus, to discuss PseudoBulbar Affect. In this Facebook Live, O’Shanick explains what PBA is and what it isn’t, and he outlines the steps a person can take before talking to a physician, such as taking the CNS-LS scale in the PBA Self Advocacy Toolkit.
Originally aired on Dec. 16, 2022, this Facebook Live featured brain injury specialist Greg Ayotte and brain injury survivor Joe Jackson. Together, they had a conversation about what it’s like to live with Pseudobulbar Affect (PBA). PBA is a condition that causes involuntary laughing and crying, and it can occur after sustaining a brain injury.
Whether you are living with a brain injury or care for someone who is, the complexity of access to care – even medications – can be cumbersome. Advocating for yourself or a loved one may feel impossible – but you are not alone. With the right knowledge and support, you can better communicate with providers and payors to ensure you or your loved one is receiving the highest level of care. This session will provide an introduction to a BIAA self-advocacy toolkit, strategies for communicating with providers, and resources for finding support.
PBA can cause debilitating physical and emotional complications. That’s why the Brain Injury Association of America put together the PBA Self Advocacy Toolkit. This guide provides important information for individuals who may be impacted by PBA. You can download a free copy of our PBA Self-Advocacy Toolkit, which includes an overview of PBA, including signs and symptoms, a PBA Episode Journal, Center for Neurologic Study-Lability Scale, fact sheets on how to talk with health care providers, insurance companies, and navigating prescription drug coverage, and more. Download the guide here.