"Beyond Laughter and Tears," a documentary about Pseudobulbar Affect (PBA) premieres in Washington, D.C. presented by the Brain Injury Association of America and Avanir

Mar 14, 2016, 14:42 ET from Brain Injury Association of America from ,Avanir

WASHINGTON, March 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- 

"There is nothing positive about crying all the time. It's not a release.  Like they always tell you a good cry is cathartic. It's not. Not when you cry all the time." - Dyanna Hurley, suffering from PBA

Until a stroke slowed her down, San Bernardino County resident Dyanna Hurley spent her life in the fast lane.  Whether it was bowling, ballroom dancing, working as a paramedic, nurse, or even deputy sheriff, Dyanna lived the kind of life that most people would find exhausting.  And then came her illness.  Compounding the effects of the stroke were her symptoms of PBA, (Pseudobulbar Affect), a secondary condition prevalent among people who've suffered some sort of traumatic brain injury, stroke, or certain other diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's.  PBA is a neurological condition that causes uncontrolled bouts of crying and/or laughing.  People with PBA often withdraw from society, tired of the stigma attached to their outbursts. 

"Beyond Laughter and Tears" is the first documentary film to examine the daily struggle of Americans who live with PBA.  BYLT chronicles the lives of six people dealing with PBA. Over half of Americans suffering from TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) have symptoms suggestive of PBA and merit further diagnostic assessment.

"'PBA is a socially isolating condition, even more so when it has not been properly diagnosed or treated.' The Brain Injury Association of America is pleased to partner with Avanir and the PBA Film Project to bring 'Beyond Laughter and Tears' to the attention of policymakers in Washington, D.C.," said Susan Connors, Brain Injury Association of America President/Chief Executive Officer.

Former TODAY SHOW health and fitness correspondent, Jenna Wolfe will interview Dyanna after the screening.

Event will be held on March 15, 2016 at Union Station, Washington, DC.
Cocktail reception at 6:00pm.
Screening at 7:00pm


SOURCE Brain Injury Association of America; Avanir