Real Story: Robert

A survivor who kept pushing for answers

Even if you’ve been experiencing uncontrollable crying and laughing for years, there’s still hope. Robert’s life was impacted by uncontrollable crying episodes for decades after having a Traumatic Brain Injury. Then a commercial prompted him to talk to his doctor—and finally receive a PBA diagnosis, and treatment with NUEDEXTA.

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Robert had been a proud Army Paratrooper. Then, during a routine jump in 1991, he suffered multiple injuries including a Traumatic Brain Injury. Recovery became his full-time job. But the sudden, frequent, uncontrollable crying episodes that followed his injury were to remain undiagnosed for over 25 years.
Robert, Traumatic Brain Injury patient with PBA, taking NUEDEXTA.

Robert, Traumatic Brain Injury patient with PBA, taking NUEDEXTA.

Robert, Traumatic Brain Injury patient with PBA, taking NUEDEXTA.
Robert, Traumatic Brain Injury patient with PBA, taking NUEDEXTA.

Talk to your doctor. And keep talking.

Robert

Robert, Traumatic Brain Injury patient with PBA, taking NUEDEXTA.

Frustrating episodes

While trying to manage his crying episodes, his doctors consistently mentioned depression. “But I didn’t feel sad inside,” says Robert. “I took the medicine they prescribed for depression, but the uncontrollable crying spells kept happening. It was really tough.” His relatives, friends, and acquaintances didn’t understand why he was experiencing episodes of uncontrollable crying.

Even years later there were times Robert would have several episodes a day. He learned to deal with them—to run to the bathroom and hide, or to pull the car over and wait for the crying to pass. Being adventurous, over time Robert decided to keep pursuing passions like dining out or traveling, despite other peoples’ reactions to his episodes. But he never stopped looking for answers.

Path to a diagnosis

Just a few years ago, Robert saw a commercial that changed the way he thought about his condition. “I stopped in my tracks. I understood what they were talking about.” That commercial explained PBA (PseudoBulbar Affect). “I was surprised! I couldn’t believe that I had finally heard the name for what could be causing my uncontrollable crying.”

Robert started researching, gathering information to bring to his next appointment. While he was talking to his doctor about PBA, he started having an episode—and when his doctor saw that Robert had also suffered a TBI, one of the conditions that can cause PBA, Robert was diagnosed with PBA and prescribed treatment with NUEDEXTA.

Robert has a passion for classic cars.

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Seeing results with NUEDEXTA

Now Robert has fewer crying episodes. He’s continuing treatment with NUEDEXTA, and he has advice for people who think their crying and laughing symptoms might be PBA.

“I tell everybody to be open and receptive – to talk it out as best you can. Advocate for your own well-being, in a way that you’re most comfortable. Explain the symptoms you are having, like the worry about having a PBA episode, and the impact it can have on your life,” says Robert. “You have to explain what you’re going through as best as you can, so your doctor can help you manage it.”

Robert, Traumatic Brain Injury patient with PBA, taking NUEDEXTA.
Robert, Traumatic Brain Injury patient with PBA, taking NUEDEXTA.

With NUEDEXTA, I don’t have to live in fear of having a crying episode so often.

Robert

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