Tips for productive doctor visits

  • Write questions down before your visit.
    A note-taking smartphone app can make things more convenient.
  • Go as a team. 
    Whether you’re the patient or the caregiver, going to the appointment together can help you both remember what to ask.
  • Don’t worry about how you say it. Just speak up! 
    If you don’t ask, your doctor might not know you are having these symptoms or if they are affecting you.
  • Remember to stay in touch after the appointment, too. 
    Your relationship with your doctor should be an ongoing conversation. 
  • Be specific. 
    Tell your doctor as much as possible about your episodes—what you were doing, how you felt, how they impacted you, and how often you have them. Use our PBA Episode Guide to describe them, then share at your next appointment.
     

Sample questions for your next doctor's visit

Still not sure what to ask? Here are a few common questions people have about PBA and ways to bring them up.

Why is this happening to me?

  • ASK: Could my uncontrollable crying and/or laughing be a sign of PBA?

I sometimes cry when I’m not sad.

  • ASK: How is PBA different from depression?

I sometimes laugh when nothing’s funny. 

I’m concerned about starting a new medication. 

  • ASK: If I have PBA, is NUEDEXTA right for me? And is it safe?
     

What your doctor needs to know

Our PBA Episode Guide is a simple way to keep track of the most important details your doctor needs to hear about the crying and/or laughing episodes you or your loved one have been experiencing.
 

Use the PBA Episode Guide