Why can't I stop crying even though I want to?

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Last Updated: 02/27/2018 at 8:56pm
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Anonymous
March 15th, 2015 9:55am
Maybe, you're body is so tired of pretending that you're really okay, even though you are really not.
positiveWhisper24
March 15th, 2015 9:37pm
Crying is your body's way of flushing away excess emotion. It helps express feelings that build up inside you and can get stuck. Crying is a sign of emotion, and emotion is a sign of strength and capacity to feel. That is a very good thing.
PacificSunrise
February 15th, 2016 7:55am
The best way I can explained this is when a cloud has so much droplets of water that it can't hold anymore and have to release the water to create rain. Our emotions and pain can only be kept in for so much before we have to release them through tears.
Anonymous
June 23rd, 2015 10:40pm
Sometimes the ability to not control emotions could be a sign of being overly stressed. I have found that at times if I am under a lot of pressure or stress then it becomes harder for me to control my emotions. Something as simple as spilling a glass of milk could literally make me bust into tears. It may help if you take a moment and ask yourself what's going on in the rest of your world and if a list of things comes up you can start to tackle them one by one.
ShiiraahShinigami
June 30th, 2015 6:08am
Sometimes emotions demand to be felt. After holding them in for so long a good release is just what you may need.
Anonymous
June 14th, 2016 5:55am
Everyone has emotions. And when they are kept in to long. They come out when you least expect. Hard to control even. So it's ok. It's probablyfor the better
Anonymous
March 15th, 2016 11:34pm
you probably can't stop crying maybe because you get emotional sometimes and or someone said mean things to you or bullied you somehow.
Anonymous
May 14th, 2015 7:18pm
You may have depression seek a therapist they may be able to help you sort through your emotions. May be something has happen to trigger this on set.
RhyMind
May 28th, 2015 7:06pm
It is like one emotion overpowering the other. You wish to silence yourself but your inner self wants to speak out, pour itself out. It is relieving to cry sometimes. Let yourself.
Anonymous
September 26th, 2016 4:08am
Because those build of emotions and feelings and have to be released somehow. Often you may carry on with your day to day life while bottling up those emotions, so eventually the dam is going to break.
Anonymous
February 22nd, 2015 11:17am
There are many possible reasons: exhaustion, stress, lack of sleep, chemical imbalances, hormones. Look for patterns in what triggers the tears, the time of day, month and year, etc. This will help you hone in on what's going on. Crying that seems out of control can be a symptom of depression. Talking to your doctor and a counselor are good steps to getting help resolving the underlying issues.
Anonymous
May 13th, 2015 7:02pm
Being overcome by emotions, you simply lack the ability to hold the emotions in any longer. It is said that anger and crying are much the same emotion being emoted except, especially for males, the anger is more accepted. For me, personally, I think this is a shame because frankly there is nothing more human and more therapeutic at times than a good cry regardless of gender. Nevertheless, if you have been driven to tears, it may be time to grab a 7cups listener and have a good talk about the issue that has driven you to such a state.
Anonymous
November 7th, 2017 8:20am
sometimes its hard to stop if there is something that is bring you down such as heartbreak, bullying or just a bad day. Best thing to do is take a deep breath
thetinylistener
February 27th, 2018 8:56pm
sometimes the body knows you need to continue to let it out, and that's okay. you should cry as much as you need to.
SkyeIsThereForYou
July 6th, 2015 6:02pm
If you are stressed out over something or have PTSD that could be the base of why you cannot stop crying.