Why Does Anxiety Make You Cry So Much?
Anxiety, but especially depression, can cause us to cry for a number of reasons............sadness, anger, fear, frustration.....all of these can make us cry at times. Sometimes even our age can elicit tears.
When I was in my 50's, my last son was leaving home for college, I was going through menopause, I lost my job and my dog died. I felt like my world was collapsing around me and I cried all the time. But eventually the tears stopped............
I don't know your personal story, but you're doing everything you can to get yourself through this. Talk with your therapist about why you can't stop crying, you may be surprised by the answer.
Crying can actually be very therapeutic for a number of reasons. Below I've listed just a few of the very real benefits of "crying our eyes out."
Tears remove toxins.
Biochemist William Frey, who has been researching tears for as long as I’ve been searching for sanity, found in one study that emotional tears–those formed in distress or grief–contained more toxic byproducts than tears of irritation (think onion peeling). Are tears toxic then? No! They actually remove toxins from our body that build up courtesy of stress. They are like a natural therapy session.
Crying can elevate mood.
Do you know what your manganese level is? No, neither do I. But chances are that you will feel better if it’s lower because overexposure to manganese can cause bad stuff: anxiety, nervousness, irritability, fatigue, aggression and emotional disturbance. The act of crying can lower a person’s manganese level. And just like with the toxins mentioned above, emotional tears contain 24 percent higher albumin protein concentration – responsible for transporting many small molecules – than irritation tears.
Crying lowers stress.
Tears really are like perspiration in that exercising and crying both relieve stress. Tears remove some of the chemicals built up in the body from stress, like the endorphin leucine-enkaphalin and prolactin. Suppressing tears increases stress levels, and contributes to problems aggravated by stress, such as high blood pressure, heart problems, anxiety and depression.
Tears release feelings.
Even if you haven’t just been through something traumatic or are severely depressed, the average person goes through her day accumulating conflicts and resentments. Sometimes they gather inside the limbic system of the brain and in certain corners of the heart. Crying is cathartic. It lets the devils out before they wreak all kind of havoc with the nervous system. In his best selling book, "Coming Home," author John Bradshaw writes.......“All these feelings need to be felt. We need to stomp and storm; to sob and cry; to perspire and tremble."
So just maybe your crying is helping you even if that is hard to see now.
I can't promise you when, but I can promise you the tears WILL stop.
Please keep us posted
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