Does amyotrophic lateral sclerosis affect my emotions?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) actually does not directly alter your emotions. Of course, it is a serious disease and has emotional consequences. However, it does actually produce a symptom, sometimes called emotional incontinence or the pseudobulbar effect, which entails excessive and uncontrolled laughing and crying. There are two new drugs which may prove effective at alleviating this symptom.

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