I Can’t Stop Crying: What Should I Do About It?
Updated September 25, 2018
Reviewer Wendy Boring-Bray, DBH, LPC
Have you ever had the kind of day where you told someone close to you, "I can't stop crying"? Maybe you've had that kind of day before, but you haven't told anyone.
A certain amount of crying is completely normal, and some of us are more emotional than others. The truth is that we all get sad. Sometimes, we cry when we watch movies, and ocassionally we can even cry tears of joy.
So, when does "crying" become a concern or a warning sign of a deeper problem? Is there such a thing as crying too much?
I Can't Stop Crying: What Should I Do About It?
According to Healthline, "If you're concerned that you're crying too much, if you can't seem to stop crying, or have started crying more than usual, talk to your doctor. It may be a sign of depression or another mood disorder."
While some crying is normal, a spike in crying or feeling like you can't stop might indicate a deeper problemthat won't go away by itself. The important thing is to talk to someone, and if you happen to be having suicidal thoughts, immediately reach out to one of these hotlines.
There are effective treatments for depression and mood disorders available. It is possible to lead a normal life and use these treatments to reduce symptoms and learn to better deal with overwhelming feelings, if they happen again in the future.
Effective Treatments for Depression and Other Mood Disorders
As many as 1 in 10 adults will suffer from a mood disorder in their lifetime. Luckily, there are several different treatment options that can help you ease your symptoms and teach you coping mechanisms to help with future episodes.
Mental health counselling
Mental health counselling is usually offered in various clinical and community settings in your local area. Another alternatives that exists now are affordable online counselling services like BetterHelp that offer support for people suffering from mental illness or going through a hard time.
Cognitive behavioral therapy
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a short-term, goal-focused therapy that aims to help people change the way they think. According to a study by Ellen Driessen, M.Sc. and Steven D. Hollon, Ph.D., CBT is an effective treatment for acute depression and can be used as an alternative to antidepressants for some. Some evidence suggests that CBT could affect cognition and help prevent future relapse.
In some cases, doctors or psychiatrists may prescribe their patients medication to help get their depression or other mood disorder under control.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, some medications used to treat mood disorders include:
- Antidepressants (SSRIs like Fluoxetine and Paroxetine, for example, SNRIs and MAOIs)
- Anti-Anxiety Medications (Benzodiazepines like Clonazepam)
In addition to counselling and medication, your health practitioner may recommend changes in diet and exercise to help you gain energy and manage your mood disorder, so that you may start feeling like yourself again.