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What causes sudden outburst of tears?

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Posted on Wed, 4 May 2016
Question: Yesterday I all of a sudden started crying and cried for 3. hours. I was with my daughter. Was just sitting and started crying. Stopped crying went to bed slept about 11 hours, got and within an hour of arising started crying again and have cried for about 45 minutes. Have quit but feel like at any minute the tears will start again
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Answered by Dr. Chintan Solanki (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
possibility of depression, provide more information

Detailed Answer:
Hello,

Thanks for writing to us. There is possibility of depression, some eye problem or some neurological problem.

To evaluate your symptom I need more information.

- Is crying purely involuntarily or emotionally do you feel also crying?

- Was there any bad/sad incident recently in your life?

- Do you remember any past bad event during this crying?

- Is there any other associated symptom (like headache, reddening of eyes, vomiting etc)?

- Is there any past history of such crying?

- Are you able to control your crying?

- Do you have any physical problem like diabetes or hypertension?

- Are you taking any medicine?

I will be happy to help further after your response.

Regards,
Dr.Chintan Solanki.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Chintan Solanki (31 hours later)
yes I am a diabetic have hypertension (which is controlled with medicine), and I didn't know I was dwelling upon it but my husband passed away 21/2 years ago and our 4th Wedding anniversary is on the 25 th. That may have been my problem but I have never had the uncontrolled crying like I did.
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Answered by Dr. Chintan Solanki (13 hours later)
Brief Answer:
likely it is anniversary reaction

Detailed Answer:
Hi Dear,

I am really sorry for delayed response.

Considering near date of your anniversary, your problem is likely anniversary reaction as there is no major associated symptom. Sometime subconsciously we remember the close person who has passed but feelings do not express directly. Crying may be the phenomenon to relieve and express such feelings.
As time will go problem will likely stop on its own.

I recommend keeping yourself busy with family and friends for few days.

How is status of crying in last 24 hours?

take care.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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What causes sudden outburst of tears?

Brief Answer: possibility of depression, provide more information Detailed Answer: Hello, Thanks for writing to us. There is possibility of depression, some eye problem or some neurological problem. To evaluate your symptom I need more information. - Is crying purely involuntarily or emotionally do you feel also crying? - Was there any bad/sad incident recently in your life? - Do you remember any past bad event during this crying? - Is there any other associated symptom (like headache, reddening of eyes, vomiting etc)? - Is there any past history of such crying? - Are you able to control your crying? - Do you have any physical problem like diabetes or hypertension? - Are you taking any medicine? I will be happy to help further after your response. Regards, Dr.Chintan Solanki.