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During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Laughter. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.
It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.
Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:
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Why: to determine if acute or chronic.
Why: Remember that it is possible to have laughter for rational non-medical reasons e.g. normal happy personality.
Why: e.g. bipolar affective disorder is a recurrent disorder characterized by episodes of mania and depression. The periods of mania include symptoms of elevated mood (euphoria) sometimes accompanied by excessive or inappropriate laughter; social anxiety may be associated with "nervous laughter" .
Why: e.g. high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, smoking, family history, history of transient ischemic attacks - can assess risk of multi-infarct dementia - a feature of multi-infarct dementia may be inappropriate laughing.
Why: e.g. cocaine may provide a feeling of euphoria and excitement and cause excessive or inappropriate laughter; amphetamines, ecstasy and cannabis intoxication may provide a feeling of euphoria with a feeling of superiority and general feeling of wellness and cause excessive or inappropriate laughter.
Why: e.g. bipolar affective disorder, stroke.
Why: e.g. elevated mood (euphoria) sometimes accompanied by irritability, grandiose ideas, inflated self-esteem, increased energy and activity, rapid pressured speech, increased libido often leading to sexual disinhibition and inappropriate sexual activity, impaired judgement, impulsive behavior, reduced need for sleep, poor concentration and attention, sometimes psychotic symptoms such as delusions or hallucinations.
Why: e.g. step-wise deterioration in memory, some insight is present with memory loss and dementia, may be inappropriate laughing episodes which may make the person appear euphoric.
Why: e.g. severe intellectual disability, speech impediment, sleep disturbance, unstable jerky gait, seizures, short attention span and usually a happy demeanor with frequent laughter, easily excitable personality, often with hand flapping movements.
The following list of conditions have 'Laughter' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.
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