It's Nothing to Laugh About: Understanding Disorders of Emotional Expression

Martin, C.M.H.

The Consultant Pharmacist 22(9): 732-742


DOI: 10.4140/tcp.n.2007.732
Accession: 068492667

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Sudden outbursts of laughing, crying, or other emotional expression without an apparent triggering stimulus have been recorded in the literature for decades. Confusing nomenclature and a paucity of clinical research, however, have had clinicians wondering whether this syndrome may be both under-recognized and undertreated. Treatment options, including antidepressants, levodopa, and dextromethorphan/quinidine, may show promise in ameliorating symptoms for patients plagued with disorders of emotional expression.