Pathological laughing and crying

Dark, F. L., McGrath, J. J. and Ron, M. A. (1996) Pathological laughing and crying. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 30 4: 472-479. doi:10.3109/00048679609065020

Author Dark, F. L.
McGrath, J. J.
Ron, M. A.
Title Pathological laughing and crying
Journal name Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0004-8674
Publication date 1996-08
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.3109/00048679609065020
Volume 30
Issue 4
Start page 472
End page 479
Total pages 8
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objective: To review the clinical features, neurobiological correlates and treatment of pathological laughing and crying. Method: Selective literature review.

Results: Attacks of involuntary, irresistible laughing or crying have long been recognised as sequelae of brain damage. There is controversy about the clinical features of these attacks, the stimuli that provoke them and their relation to affective disorder. The pathophysiology of pathological laughing and crying is still unclear. It can occur in the presence of focal as well as diffuse brain disease. Treatment with antidepressant medications has been found to be of benefit in patients with cerebrovascular disease and multiple sclerosis.

Conclusions: Clinicians should remain vigilant for these symptoms, and offer effective treatments, such as antidepressants, where indicated. Further research is needed to delineate the underlying neurobiological correlates of pathological laughing and crying. The efficacy of both pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions requires critical evaluation.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collection: Queensland Brain Institute Publications
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