Why Am I Crying For No Reason?

Updated September 27, 2018

Reviewer Wendy Boring-Bray, DBH, LPC

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Crying when you don't know why could be a concerning mental health issue. We know that crying is a normal part of life for everyone, but sometimes people cry for no reason at all. In fact, you may be feeling completely happy and start crying. Some people cry when they are happy or surprised, and some cry when they are angry or anxious. There are many reasons why this may happen to you, such as an underlying physical condition, stress, fatigue, anxiety, and depression.

Physical Condition

There are some medical conditions that can create havoc with your emotions by affecting your levels of hormones or other chemicals in your body. Some of these include:

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If you think you may have one of these conditions, you should see your doctor as soon as possible.


Too much stress can cause a variety of issues, both physical and emotional. Some of the physical symptoms include headaches, tension, nausea, and even crying episodes. Everyone has stress in their lives at one time or another, but it can affect people in different ways. Sometimes your body may surprise you with a crying episode out of nowhere. The best way to deal with this is to find the source of your stress and eliminate it, if possible. Sometimes it is impossible to eliminate your stress, for example, if you're feeling stressed at work. But you can find healthy ways to relieve stress such as exercise, yoga, or therapy.

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When your body is tired, you're not functioning at 100 percent. Fatigue, like stress, is part of everyone's life at one time or another. We need sleep to stay healthy, and if we do not get enough sleep, our bodies can react in strange ways. It's been discovered that crying episodes and negative mood changes occur if you do not get at least five hours of sleep every night. To prevent chronic episodes of crying, it's important to make sure you get at least seven hours of sleep every day. If you are having trouble sleeping, talk to your doctor about this because it may be a symptom of an underlying illness; mental or physical or possibly both.


Similar to stress, anxiety affects our bodies in different ways and crying may be one of them. Some of the other symptoms of anxiety include:

  • Increased heart rate
  • Rapid breathing
  • Shaking or trembling
  • Weakness or fatigue
  • A headache
  • Nausea
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Nervousness


One of the most common reasons for crying is depression. It may be a temporary feeling of depression that only lasts for a few days caused by an incident that made you sad. However, it also may be a more serious form of depression such as clinical depression or major depressive disorder. Some of the other symptoms of depression besides crying include:

  • Sadness that lasts for longer than two weeks
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Changes in appetite (eating less or more)
  • Changes in sleep (insomnia or sleeping too much)
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Lack of interestin favorite activities
  • Feelings of hopelessness or worthlessness
  • Difficulty in making decisions
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Suicidal feelings

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If you believe you may be suffering from depression, call your physician or a therapist. You don't have to suffer alone. If you don't have a therapist, there are online therapists at BetterHelp that can talk to you about feeling depressed either through chatting online or on the phone. Alternatively, you can find you a therapist near you if you want to see someone in person.

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