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What does it mean when a surge of emotions attack me all at once?

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Last Updated: 02/17/2020 at 1:24pm
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February 22nd, 2016 3:38pm
I will feel like distancing myself from everyone else and then bawl my eyes out but feel unsure of why I am feeling that way.
February 17th, 2020 1:24pm
A surge of emotions attacking at once is a sign it's time to pause and find what the stressor is. Your body and/or mind are overwelmed and need a change. That change can be many things. It may be you need a break from the current activity. It may mean you need food, water or rest. It may also mean you're about to have a major break through. Or it could be that you are in immediate danger, or at least that's how your brain is perceiving your immediate situation. It's time to do a grounding exercise or reach out for help.
February 10th, 2015 9:35am
Well, I guess something's entered your mind. Whether it's a thought or some bad news—or even good news—those feelings could overwhelm ya. Have you ever seen someone so happy that they cry? Such strong, passionate feelings are all right. Accept them and let them pass through you like a gentle stream softly rushing by. Breathe, deeply. :)
September 6th, 2015 6:33pm
Its hard to say. Everybody is different. If you feel that you are experiencing feelings or issues that you can't explain or is interfering with your life, you can speak to someone you trust or seek a counselor or therapist to help sort out your emotions.
February 20th, 2017 2:22am
It usually means that an specific trigger has been pushed. That thing that hurts, but also make you remember that other thing that hurts, but also was interpreted in a way that can motivate you, but still makes everything harder and scarier. The good, even more, the amazing part, is that this high emotional thing will be easily remembered and with that alone, you have done a good job at handling it.
April 10th, 2017 11:38am
When emotions attack, an immediate reaction is set to release itself. In such a situation, rather than fighting it away or diverting its path, I try to face it and understand more about it. And deal with the underlying issues perpetuating it inadvertently. This makes me feel calm and let it settle down to release thoughtfully.
March 19th, 2018 1:00am
It means that you are trying to mange all emotions at once because multiple situations triggered it or even someone hurt you verbally.
November 5th, 2019 2:37am
The mind is a complicated machine, taking cues from sensations and environments, then correlating them to a memory or set of memories that may trigger an emotional response. Sometimes, either when in a stressful situation or in an environment where you can safely express emotions, you'll find yourself letting out a lot of feelings all at once- pent up for a long time. This is good! Consider it your mind unraveling tangles of thought and getting them sorted out to better handle your mental state. This can also be a trigger of some sort. If you suffer from triggers for whatever reason, watch what typically causes these surges. An attack of emotion may be an indication that you feel unsafe, and that you need to reevaluate your mental state. In any case, treat yourself gently, and try to rationalize what you think. There is no wrong way to feel.
April 8th, 2015 12:33am
It means you're human. Your feelings tell you important things, but they can be difficult to manage and decipher sometimes. Often it is good to try to take a step back for a couple minutes and try to take an objective view. The Managing Emotions guide found on this site may be able to help you with this. (
June 2nd, 2015 1:07am
Depending on the emotion felt it can range from a panic attack, to a mood swing, to an oversensitive reaction to a certain trigger.