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PM&R’s Role in Addressing Mood Disturbances and Pseudobulbar Affect (PBA) in Brain Injury
Physiatrists treat patients in the rehabilitation space who have experienced a brain injury, such as traumatic brain injury (TBI) or Stroke. Mood disturbances and pseudobulbar affect (PBA) as a result of a brain injury are prevalent within this patient population, which inhibit progress toward functional and cognitive rehabilitation. While they often encounter this patient population, both in the inpatient and outpatient setting, many physiatrists have a limited knowledge of mood disorders and PBA. It is imperative to improve outcomes in this population, indicating the importance to create education on this topic for physiatrists.

This activity is a recording of the live session that took place on Wednesday, November 2, 2022, which focused on major depressive disorder, anxiety, and pseudobulbar affect (PBA) as they relate to brain injury. The differences between mood disorders and PBA were discussed. The session included case presentations, interactive polling, and Q&A. Session content includes:
  • A general introduction regarding the overall prevalence of mood disturbances in various brain injury populations
  • Overview of mood and behavioral disturbances observed following brain injury, with a focus on depressive disorders, anxiety, and PBA
  • Review of pharmacological and psychotherapy options for patients in inpatient and outpatient settings
AAPM&R developed this non-promotional, non-accredited, educational session on the topic of Addressing Mood Disturbances and Pseudobulbar Affect (PBA) in Brain Injury to increase one's knowldege on this topic.

  • Heidi Fusco, MD, FAAPMR - NYUMC Rusk
  • Christine Greiss, DO, FAAPMR - JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute
  • Richard D. Zorowitz, MD, FAAPMR - MedStar National Rehabilitation Network

This activity has been supported in part by:
Availability: On-Demand
Cost: FREE
Credit Offered:
No Credit Offered
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