Crying at the drop of a hat, need input

  1. Hi everyone,

    Lately, I have been able to cry at the drop of a hat. Like if I see something sad on TV or even just think of something sad I will start to well up with tears. I can control it and not start to cry but I cannot find any rhyme or reason to it. I might not do it at all one day but then do it once, twice or even several times the next. I'm not pregnant or going through menopause, and I don't do it more or less depending on what time of the month it is. I'm 27 and in generally good health.

    I never used to be like this, in fact it was hard for anything to make me cry except for a really sad movie, etc. The last time I was like this was maybe when I was a gawky teenager going through puberty and my feelings could easily be hurt by just about anything and I would start to cry uncontrollably. But this is still different than that experience.

    I guess it started maybe a year or so ago but it just seems to have gotten worse the past few months.

    Does anyone have any ideas as to what is going on here? I mean, I do feel like I am going through some sort of "quarter life crisis" and things have been rough the past year as I was out of work for 6 months and then found and am still in a job that I am not that fond of.

    But do any of you have ideas? I would really like to get to the bottom of this before I start clinicals next year, when I'll really have something to cry about

    I have a yearly check up with my OB/GYN next month and wanted to bring this up to him but I feel like I'm crazy or something or he'll think I'm crazy.

    See, I've almost cried about 4 times while writing this.

    Your thoughts and advise whether they be from personal or clinical experience are much appreciated.

    See, there I go again.

    Thank you everyone,


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  3. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Could be anxiety related to your life events....could be chemical imbalances...esp if you have a family history of depression, anxiety or bipolar disorders. Could be HORMONAL imbalances. Could be many things. What to do?

    I feel for you, as someone who has battled depression on and off my adult life. I hope you can get to the bottom of this. I can only offer my personal experience here and say it sounds as if intervention may be in order if this persists. Don't let it get too bad.

    Meantime, start some interventions you can do to help yourself: try exercising........ walking, .aerobic workouts, yoga, meditation, prayer....whatever works. Try to take a few minutes each day to do what it is you love whether that be reading, taking a warm bath, or getting a professional massage. Doing things for yourself that you enjoy may be enough to send you on the way to wellness.....but if not, perhaps get to a good therapist to "talk it out" or even get a physical checkup (to rule out organic causes), and seek medical attention and advice! I wish you well. Hang in there and let us know how you are doing.
  4. by   emily_mom

    Your bio clock just started ticking.....

    tick tock tick tock.....
  5. by   CATHYW
    Well, Shug, you certainly sound dysthymic at best, depressed at least, and possible hypomanic bipolar. Just tell your MD what you've told us, and if you think you'll get teary, just print what you wrote to us, and take it to him, to read.
    Take care of yourself. Do you have anyone around to talk with about this, or that you can call when you're feeling really blue?
  6. by   Rustyhammer
    You're pregnant.
  7. by   CATHYW
    But she said she wasn't Russell! I know, I know. There are immaculate conceptions all the time, but since this lady is a nurse, maybe she at least has a clue what "not pregnant" really means! Or, do you think she might have a surprise in store? LOL!
  8. by   colleen10
    Well, low and behold woke up this morning and found that I got my period. Sorry, Russ, guess this dispels the "pregnancy" and "immaculate conception" theories.

    However, I'm re-thinking my initial theory that these episodes are not related to my cycle. Hmmm....

    I am quite sure that I am not Bi-Polar, don't think that I am in a major depression, but perhaps the beginning of dysthmia.

    Where I spend 8.5 hours a day, 5 days a week - work - is a major source of ill feelings, agitation, and anxiety as I do not enjoy being here in the least except that it is paying the bills and allowing me to go to night RN school. Unfortunately, with the market the way it is I have to stay here for the $$ and will need to just figure out a better way to deal with it on a daily basis. I have been trying to do nice things for myself and have resolved to spend more time with my family (whom always make me laugh) to lower the stress I feel from being here but if you have any other ideas I would appreciate them. Sunday nights are the worst, knowing that Monday morning I have to go back into the office for another week.

    Also, is it possible that Emily_mom is right? Could my clock have started ticking? I will be 28 in three months, do not have any children yet and have been married for 2.5 years.

    Most of the women in my family all start having families in their very early to mid 20's so I don't know much about the tick-tock-tick.
  9. by   tattooednursie
    I got mine too just now. And I have to work. I am really grumpy when I work on the rag.

    It sounds like you have alot of stress. I am having simmalar problems that you are. I cry abut anything and everything. I am driving my co-workers up the wall with that. I hope that things get better for you. You can always PM me if youd like.
  10. by   researchrabbit
    Could be stress, that's my guess (so....get out those stress relievers -- exercise, laughter, sex, music). There's also actually a disorder that's usually caused by a head trauma in which people cry at unusual times (James Brady suffers from this -- the PR guy who got shot instead of Reagan).
  11. by   Hidi74
    Hey!!! ME TOOOOOOOO! I had a thread just like this the other day. IT has to be our age. I am 28. Same symptoms. My gosh I feel so much better knowing its not just me. I think it has something to do with hormones. I can actually hear the clock I am with you on all the feelings and know you are not alone. PM me if ya want. We can cry together.
  12. by   Youda
    Prolonged stress will dump a continuous amount of cortisol into your system. This shuts down the happy hormones (serotonin and others), Research Rabbitt had some good ideas to help turn-off the stress hormones. But, you may need some help to get back in balance, if it's depression. Go have a chat with your doctor. Don't spend one more day living this miserable. Get a good check-up, could be something physical.

    There's the old stigmas still hanging around that these things happen because you are "crazy" as you said. Every day they are learning more about the brain and the chemistry involved. Please be assured that you are not crazy. It's a symptom just like any other disease with real physiological things going on that's causing it. So, don't worry about being "crazy". Think of the tears and the mood as a symptom no different than high blood pressure or a high blood sugar. Just a signal that something is a little out of whack.