How is pseudobulbar affect different from depression?

People who have pseudobulbar affect (episodes of uncontrollable laughing and/or crying that may be inappropriate) can experience a range of emotions related to coping with the disorder, including anger and frustration. However, they do not ordinarily have thoughts of helplessness, hopelessness or guilt; nor do they typically experience problems or changes in sleep or appetite -- characteristics that often accompany depression.

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