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Living with the Burden of PBA: Education for Patients and Caregivers

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Produced in partnership with the National Stroke Association.
This educational activity is supported by an educational grant from Avanir Pharmaceuticals, Inc.


People who suffer from psuedobulbar affect (PBA) have sudden outbursts of crying or laughing that can be completely unrelated to what's actually going on. Many times, nothing sad or funny happened and no sad or funny thought entered the person's mind.

Rather, PBA occurs when a neurologic conditions or brain injury (like Alzheimer's, dementia, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's, ALS or stroke) disrupts signals in the brain that control emotion. PBA can be startling and embarrassing. It is easily misunderstood as depression or a mental illness. But treatments are available that can help ease the burden of living with PBA.

Join us for an immersive online learning experience, with video lecture, slide presentation, and interactive polling. Come away empowered to help yourself or someone you care for.

Register Here to watch the full program or choose from the chapters below.


Living with the Burden of PBA: Chapters 1 - 3

  • Chapter 1

    Understanding the Diagnosis: What Does it Mean to Have Pseudobulbar Affect?

  • Chapter 2

    Managing Your PBA: Treatment and Advice

  • Chapter 3

    Self-Care, Resources, and Frequently Asked Questions for PBA


PBA Speakers

Erik P. Pioro, MD, PhD

Neurologist, Cleveland Clinic

Erik P. Pioro, MD, PhD, is director of the section of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and related disorders at the Cleveland Clinic, Ohio. Specializing in the care of patients with ALS and other complex neurodegenerative motor neuron disorders, his research uses magnetic resonance imaging and other modalities to identify and monitor the progression of motor neuron degeneration in the brains of patients with ALS and related conditions, and the correlation of imaging changes with human ALS brain tissue. Dr Pioro is a member of several professional associations, and has published numerous journal articles, book chapters and abstracts on neuromuscular function and disease. He earned his MD from the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada, and his PhD at the University of Oxford in England.

Maileen Ulep-Reed, MSN, APRN

Nurse Practitioner, Cleveland Clinic

Maileen Ulep-Reed, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, is a nationally board certified family nurse practitioner (NP) with the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Nevada. She earned her BS and MS in nursing, as well as a post-master’s certificate in nursing education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she is currently a PhD candidate. She served as an RN for 6 years in outpatient and inpatient settings prior to becoming an NP, and was a primary care provider in family practice prior to joining Cleveland Clinic. Ms Ulep-Reed has served as a clinical instructor at the UNLV School of Nursing, co-chair and committee member for local, state, and national continuing education conferences for NPs, and is an active member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.



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