Why Am I Crying For No Reason?
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.
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:
- Thyroid disorder
- Vitamin deficiency
- Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
- Parkinson's disease
- Pseudobulbar affect (PBA)
If you think you may have one of these conditions, you should see your physician as soon as possible.
Too much stress can cause all sorts 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. Your body has to cope with stress in some way and sometimes it may just decide to surprise you with a crying episode out of nowhere. The best way to deal with this is to find the source of the stress and eliminate it, if possible. Of course, sometimes it is impossible to eliminate the stress (like work) but you can find healthy ways to relieve the stress such as exercise, yoga, or therapy.
Fatigue, like stress, is part of everyone's life at one time or another. We all need sleep to be healthy and if we do not get enough sleep, our bodies can react in strange ways. It has been found that crying episodes and negative mood changes occur if you do not get at least five hours of sleep every night. The easy way to fix this issue is to make sure you get at least seven hours of sleep per day. If you are having trouble sleeping, talk to your physician about this because it may be a symptom of an underlying illness.
Just like 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
- Difficulty concentrating
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 episodes 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 interest in favorite activities
- Feelings of hopelessness or worthlessness
- Difficulty in making decisions
- Weight gain or loss
- Suicidal feelings
If you believe you may be suffering from depression, call your physician or psychologist. If you do not have a psychologist, there are online therapists that can talk to you online or on the phone or find you a therapist near you if you want to see someone in person.