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Uncontrollable laughter
An_215622 posted:

Since I have been I child, I have had so many bad experiences with uncontrollable laughter. It could be when I am with people or when I am alone. I am not mentally challenged, as my IQ is in the 130-140 area. I have been successful in my studies, but I have always lost my jobs because of those laughter episodes. People cannot believe someone who says that he cannot control his laughter and generally cannot be trusted, or is perceived as immature.It cannot solely be explained by stress, as I have been doing everything I could to manage my stress (countless hours of Yoga, exercice, meditation), and the episodes don't seem to be correlated with stress. They are totally random. Basically, I consider myself unemployable as my mind is acting like a loose cannon and most of the jobs I am trained for require social interractions on a daily basis and thus, I can be fired anytime by a boss who cannot believe I am sincerely not in control of my laughter and is getting pissed off. If I was living in the 17th century, I guess the diagnostic would be I am possesed by the demon or I am insane. I am living in the 21st century and I am guessing the right diagnostic would now be Schizophrenia. It could also be explained by other factors such as the fact that I had a serious head injury (frontal) when I was a kid and I am struggling with obsessive-compulsive behaviours. Can anybody help me? I am hopeless now, and it is not funny.
larsstarscanary responded:
Are you seeing a therapist and a psychiatrist? They might know some ways to help you stop laughing inappropriately. Have you tried going to a real-life support group? That might help, too.

I wish you the best.
amble responded:
I'd suspect its not insanity in your case. It sounds to me more like your sense of humor is well developed and you are seeing humor where others cannot (I'd claim this is a product of heightened intelligence). In this regard, most of us cannot control our laughter when we find something humorous.

I will suggest that your OCD does suggest (to my untrained eye at least) that there is a connection between pent-up stress levels and the laughter or else closely connected to the TBI.

Thankfully your condition only limits your social functioning where as schizophrenia is far more debilitating. You also claim to be intelligent and (I suspect young enough) to be reeducated in a less social occupation (if absolutely necessary).

It would be very helpful if you could post more about the laughing spells. Give us some real-life experiences to work with.

Hoping all works out well (6 months after the initial posting),
kristystar15 responded:
WOW!! I have something similar. I have had that since I was 5 years old. With me I believe it was caused by eating too much sugar. I don't know about you though. Whenever I eat too much sugar I behave very drunk. I laugh uncontrollably for I am guessing a couple of hours. Non stop. Cannot walk straight. Do very silly things. Howl like a dog. run around in circles or at least want to walk a lot. Pull on people's arms without wanting them to follow me or have a desire to pull on a rope or something. Pull on something. Sometimes I vomit and once after Thanksgiving Dinner I expereinced cold chills. Where I couldn't help shaking and was freezing event though my body tempeture was normal.
This happened at work a few times but luckily I tried to avoid sweets at work. The last time this happened I was married, with three children, and my husband's mother was diagnoised with kidney failure. I went into a fit of laughter that I haven't expereinced in years. I could not stop even if I tried. Eventually I went to sleep. That happened in 2008. I think mine is caused by sugar. But you try telling people that. They just don't believe me. I tell them the truth and they just don't believe me.
larsstarscanary replied to kristystar15's response:
Christine, is it possible that you have hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia? Blood sugar out of control can make a person do things they wouldn't normally do.

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