Posted by Mitch on August 4, 2001, at 10:53:49
In reply to Laughing Attacks - help!, posted by KB on August 4, 2001, at 9:11:32
> This is a weird question, but I'm wondering if anyone else has experienced attacks of uncontrollable laughing
> and silliness while on SSRIs . . . for example, yesterday I was on the subway with a friend and we were discussing the aggressive behavior of my new cat, and I suddenly started laughing and couldn't stop, even once he got off the train, I had to hold a book in front of my face . . . it seemed kind of weird and other people on the train looked worried. I was sad for so long before taking Celexa that I keep wondering if this is just what it's like to be happy or if I'm bugging out.
Oh yes- one hundred percent absolutely! That is the exact reaction I get from taking them at times. I think Elizabeth told me that it sounded like I was stoned on pot! IT IS. I am off SSri now and I am not experiencing that. I read somewhere that the extra serotonin activates some part of the brain that has to do with your sense of humour. There is a rare seizure disorder called gelastic epilepsy that has symptoms of uncontrolled sometimes unconscious laughing, but that is unlikely. I have bipolar, so my theory it is just triggering hypomania in my case.