Excessive laughing disorder | Causes and Treatments for Over Laughing

Question: Please tell me remedy for excessive laughing disorder. I asked it earlier but I did not get the reply. Please reply me a treatment.

Excessive Laughing

Excessive laughing may be associated with psychological or mental problems. Excessive laughing are manic episodes in which some people have the tendency to over-react to any non-sentimental stimulus and even if the stimulus is sentimental, the intensity of the response is excessive. This is common especially in highly depressed people who might get euphoric at simple positive stimuli and find humor in everything.

Temporary laughing spells are also accompanied with the use of some drugs.

There are some speculations about cold remedies like acetaminophen causing excessive laughing among children. Hence use such medicines and drugs are recommended only when your children are really sick.

Schizophrenia observed in one among every 100 individuals around the world is also known to cause excessive laughing. In schizophrenia the coordinating between the five sensory organs and ability to comprehend is highly distorted resulting in varied responses. Schizophrenia is treatable but there is no cure for excessive laughing disorder. More on Causes of Schizophrenia

Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) is a behavioral disorder. Autism is a form of PDD, which is characterized by impaired social interaction and communication and repetitive behavior.

The signs of autism appear before the age of 3 years and excessive laughing may be associated with the disorder (as a repetitive behavior).

Causes of Excessive Laughing

Extreme tiredness and exhaustion among children is also observed to result in excessive laughing or crying. In such situations it is advisable to put your children to sleep half an hour early, which might prove beneficial.
In case the condition is bothering you, I would recommend you to visit your family doctor and a psychiatrist and take their advice. It is always better to get the opinion of the doctor and undertake a complete physical and mental evaluation.


  1. FP said:

    Yes I agree. My husband has started this excessive laughing. And is also schizophorenia
    and acts like he has autism at age 62. Everything on tv is just so funny. I can’t see.
    He also exhibits, fear of fire, bees, danger uses video cameras around the house to protect him. He doesn’t think he has a problem. Everyone
    else is nuts. Can a doctor help him?

    December 10, 2009
  2. AG said:

    I have a problem of over-laughing and laughing when I am in any stressful condition. My parents scold me for that because my brother had an accident and I felt really bad but I started laughing and I couldn’t stop.

    February 19, 2010
    • It cold be some kind of laughing disorder, but I do not think you really need to worry too much about excessive laughing. On a lighter note, a lot of people would love to know how you can laugh when you are stressed. All are looking for “stress management” techniques. In fact there is something called laughter therapy that people try each morning, when they force themselves to laugh loudly for no reason. These actions are considered to be “exercise” and good for health. As long your laughter expression are harmless, I think you should just relax and be yourself.

      February 22, 2010
  3. Angela said:

    I have always wondered what made me laugh at things that other people find “not funny” I hate this problem that I have, because I will laugh at some one falling or even if I think about some thing that happened, and I will just burst out laughing, People can’t even be serious with me with out me laughing my a** off! I can’t even make eye contact with some one with out laughing, and I really hate it! Could some one please tell me what could be going on?

    February 28, 2010
  4. CM on October 7, 2010 said:

    I have a son that is in training for as a NAVY Rescue Swimmer. The Navy has told him he laughs too much and that he is able to do things physically that his body (in the shape it is in- which is pretty good) should not be able to do. I know that when I am stressed I have been known to giggle or laugh – perhaps when I shouldn’t. The Navy says his laughing is just not normal and that it may wig the other team members out. He has always been ADHD but I have never heard a teacher, or seen evidence of this behavior. What could be happening physically and/or psychologically?

    October 7, 2010
  5. M Z said:

    I have this huge problem too, I start laughing in serious situations, like in oral exams, I keep focusing on the teachers face expressions witch makes me laugh excessively, and witch could ruin my grades I spite of my work.

    January 6, 2011
  6. Cris said:

    A lot of research studies claim laughing is the best medicine (which can help you prevent heart attack, fight diseases, )! However, too much of a good thing can also be a bad thing. ‘

    If you are laughing excessively for no reason and you feel that it’s affecting you in a negative way, talk to your psychiatrist/psychologist before you make any assumptions and don’t take any medicines until you get a brain screening. You want to make sure there’s nothing wrong with your brain and that you don’t have a neurological disorder.

    I attended a laughter class once and the instructor would give us exercises to do where we pretend to laugh at something that was not funny, and eventually that something became funny and we all laughed. Though I find it hard to force myself to laugh…I only laugh at certain things that I find funny, not at everything.

    Hope this information helps.

    February 5, 2011
    • Teri said:

      I do the same thing too. Tears will be flowing, my face all contorted, I just can’t stop. Never have I met someone outside of my family, who does this. I am glad that I am cursed with my laughing hysterics because it is just the right amount to make me different but not cause trouble. The worst time it happened was at the doctors clinic. Oh I couldn’t stop laughing at myself for laughing.

      January 30, 2018
  7. KAY said:

    I always had a problem that I will get into laughing fits where the joke won’t even be funny to me anymore but I’ll still be laughing really hard and I don’t even know why I’m still laughing. Humor is a very important thing to me and I can’t be friends with people who don’t make me laugh. I love stand up comedy and I love having hilarious friends. Not everything makes me laugh it’s just when someone tells a really good joke or does something really funny to me, I laugh a lot but then I can’t stop and I’ll think of the joke again and laugh more and I think because I feel laughing good and my body is addicted to it. I don’t get depressed or anything so I think I’ve figured out my own treatment for it. I think that’s what people need to do. Try to help themselves in different ways until they find what works for them instead of letting a doctor put you on sedating medication.

    March 26, 2012
  8. Jade said:

    I have no idea but I woke up at about 3:30 am and just busted out laughing. I haven’t slept properly, can that be the reason? I have never woken up and had such a bad laughing fit earlier. Nothing around me was funny I just looked at myself and busted out laughing. What can be the cause? Is this normal?

    April 17, 2012
    • PUP said:

      Pass it on as something that you had dreamt about as there is no clinical significance. However, if the problem persists often, you should consider taking medical opinion.

      April 17, 2012
  9. Andy said:

    I can’t seem to find any real help, maybe someone here can help me here. My brother has had some very extreme episodes in the past but the last one I find very much troubling and in dire need for some real help. Ever since his last episode (which was extremely violent and had seemed to have completely lost touch with the situations he was actually in). He seems to have gone from violent to completely hysterical. He stays up for two days at a time, without any contact with anyone else (he has no access to drugs) just laughing continuously.

    I have tried talking to him but he just seems to get really confused by my words, ponders them, blankly stares at the ground then moves on as if I hadn’t even asked him anything. I have tried to get him help before but nobody has helped me.

    May 4, 2017

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