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Disorder Of The Day: Involuntary Emotional Expression Disorder

In the past, I’ve spent weeks obsessing over pica, rickets, and scurvy. What can I say? Unusual afflictions fascinate my inner science geek. Today, I am busy learning all there is to know about Involuntary Emotional Expression Disorder, sometimes known as pseudobulbar affect. This is when you have an extremely inappropriate and uncontrollable emotional reaction — like hysterical laughter at a funeral or sobbing after a joke. This is not like chuckling when someone trips and falls; I think that’s just standard human inappropriateness to laugh when someone bites it. This is much worse. Sufferers describe these emotional outbursts as sudden and unpredictable, almost seizure-like. This must be such a difficult disorder disorder to have all the time, but especially if you are on a first date. Yikes. [Cracked] Keep reading »

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