Have you ever find yourself bursting into tears for no apparent reason? Don’t worry, you aren’t the only one, it happens to most people. But if you’ve been feeling unusually emotional and it is overwhelming you, it’s important to figure out what’s going on. Here are 8 reasons that could be responsible for your tears.
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If you feel moody, weepy or bloated in the days before your period, it’s called premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Many women experience moodiness in the week or two to their period. These symptoms stops once the period starts. Apart from crying fits, PMS can cause you to feel anxious, depressed, crabby, and tense. You may also have mood swings, trouble focusing, and angry flare-ups. Physical symptoms can include tiredness, breast tenderness, headaches, bloating, hunger, digestive problems, and aches and pains. These changes are believed to be connected to hormonal changes that occur during your menstrual cycle.
Low Blood Sugar
Low blood sugar, also called hypoglycemia is commonly observed in people with diabetes and can be a result of delaying meals, eating fewer carbs than usual, intense exercise, binge drinking, or going overboard with the diabetes medication. It may also occur in people who don’t have diabetes, where it may be caused by excessive consumption of carbohydrates, binge drinking, malnutrition or fasting, a gastric bypass surgery, or medical conditions such as, Addison’s disease, or an issue with the heart, liver, or kidneys. Low blood sugar can causes symptoms like becoming tearful easily, irritated, or moody, hunger, tiredness, sweating, shaking, dizziness, and heart palpitations. In severe cases, confusion, blurred vision, slurred speech, and sleepiness may be experienced.
An adult needs about 7 to 9 hours of sleep daily on average. Insufficient night sleep can affect how you process emotions. Emotional reactivity is altered when you deprive yourself of sleep, and your brain loses the ability to differentiate between what’s important and what’s unimportant or manageable.
Postcoital dysphoria is characterized by feelings of sadness, agitation, or anxiety after sexual intercourse. One study found that about 46% of women have experienced it at least once in their lifetime. There is very little scientific research about postcoital dysphoria but researchers suggest that physiological release, emotional release, or hormones could be responsible for the reaction.
Perimenopause and Menopause
Crying more easily than usual might indicate a hormonal disorder, especially for women in late thirties or early forties. Hot flashes, vaginal dryness, mood swings, and sleep disturbances can all be signs of perimenopause or menopause. Perimenopause can start months or even years before menopause or the end of menstruation. It’s caused by a waning in ovarian function and usually begins with irregular menstrual cycles and ends about a year after your last period.
During pregnancy, women have a higher risk of depression. It is supposed that hormonal changes during pregnancy can influence brain chemicals and lead to anxiety and depression.
Depression is a mood disorder that can affect your everyday life. Apart from crying for no obvious reason, you may experience symptoms such as sadness, worthlessness, or low on energy. You may also lose interest in activities that you used to enjoy or sleep too much or too little.
Hypothyroidism is a condition where your thyroid gland doesn’t produce sufficient hormones. This thyroid problem may also be the cause of your teary episodes. Hypothyroidism is mostly caused when your immune system mistakenly attacks the thyroid gland. Damage to the thyroid gland due to treatment for thyroid cancer or hyperthyroidism can also be a trigger.
- Vitamin B12 Deficiency
Vitamin B12 helps form DNA and plays an important role in keeping your blood and nerve cells healthy. A deficiency in this nutrient can cause depression, tearfulness, apathy, and irritability. It can also lead to symptoms such as weakness, tiredness, weight loss, confusion, soreness in tongue, loss of appetite, constipation, nerve problems, balance problems, poor memory, and megaloblastic anemia. Consuming foods like beef liver, clams, eggs, meat, fish and dairy products can keep your body plied with vitamin B12. But some people may be deficient in this vitamin because their bodies have trouble absorbing vitamin B12. Your doctor will be able to advise you on the best way to treat this deficiency.
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