When is laughter/crying considered as a medical condition?

Updated: Aug 6

Laughing and crying episodes happens in our life when we have an apparent motivating factors like fun and sorrow. Sometimes we do intentional laugh or cry, that can uplift our mood and make us happy or make us low and sad. But these can turn into a serious medical symptom when happens unintentionally and repeatedly.


Sounds a bit strange, but this is termed as Gelastic Seizure(GS) that involves sudden burst of energy. It take us to a condition called Pathological laughter and cry(PLC) where uncontrollable laugh and cry happens without any reason.


  • This medical condition of-course affects the nervous system, where brain controls all our actions.

  • Abnormal non-cancerous tumor development in the brain is one of the major reasons for this syndrome. Removing these growths eliminates pressure on the part of the brain that triggers involuntary laugh or cry.

  • This odd condition occurs sometimes due to chemical imbalance or birth defect. Toddlers showing this behavior might be Autistic.

  • The syndrome is usually self-diagnosable. Sometimes diagnosis is difficult for a long period of time as it resembles normal laugh or cry.

  • Treatment can help if it requires a surgery, but if the condition is due to any other defect therapy and support might help.

*Quick action is always the best when things are going abnormal.