I cry very easily at and about everything. I believe it is because of my depression. I talked to my therapist about it last week and he said it is the people who CAN'T or DON'T cry that he worries about. My daughter mentioned to me last week that she read an article about stress hormones and how they are released during crying. I have always heard that crying is good and is a cleansing of the soul. So, as I always do, I googled and did some research and here are a few good quotes on the subject.
"Dr. William Frey of Minnesota, suggests that crying makes people feel better because emotional tears help rid the body of chemicals that build up as a result of stress. Irritant tears (which Frey produced in his subjects with onion vapors) are chemically different from emotional tears (which he produced by showing sad movies). Emotional tears have more protein in them, including various stress hormones. Other researchers theorize that crying may stimulate the release of endorphins, substances that elevate our mood and relieve pain....
For some people, the fact that crying is seen as a plea for help is reason enough not to cry: it shows vulnerability. But not crying has its own consequences. Whether you cry or not, your stress level still goes up. If you cry and get help or sympathy from those around you, you calm down faster than if you don't cry. Stewing in your own stress juices can harm your health in the long run.
Socially, crying is more acceptable now than it once was. Edmund Muskie lost the U.S. Democratic presidential nomination in 1972 after he cried in public; Bill Clinton cries all the time and nobody seems to care.
So go on, have a good cry. It's all right."
Hugs to all, ~Sylvia
Major Depression, Anxiety/Panic Disorder, ADHD, Binge Eating Disorder, PTSD, Degenerative Disc Disease (post 3 Surgeries including Fusion), Advanced Osteoarthritis, Fibromyalgia, Interstitial Cystitis, IBS, GERD, Larngopharyngeal Reflux
God, Please Grant Me,
The Serenity to accept the things I cannot change, The Courage to change the things that I can,
and The Wisdom to know the difference……….Just for Today
Thank you for the posting Sylvia. I have to say that I have a difficult time crying due to my antidepressant I think. However, after mass on Sunday I had something that had been weighting on my mind, that had been there for a long time, and I broke down afterwards and cried quite a bit. I did feel better....
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