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Why do I sometimes feel sad for no reason?

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Last Updated: 05/29/2018 at 7:53pm
Why do I sometimes feel sad for no reason?
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February 26th, 2016 1:28pm
Feeling sad for no apparent reason in the world CAN be a sign of depression, although other factors must also be considered. You could just be having a down day. The weather, your amount of sleep, and your physical health can also attribute to feeling sad. If it's cold outside, maybe turning on some bright lights and happy music would help life your spirits. If you haven't been sleeping enough, maybe you should try to get some extra sleep in. I am sure this is not an all inclusive list of things that could be causing you to be unhappy today, but it's a pretty good start. Unless it becomes a part of your regular routine, I would just chalk it up as a down day, but if it continues, please seek a doctor, as depression is not something to play with
June 26th, 2016 4:08am
Feeling down from time to time is a normal part of life, but when emotions such as hopelessness and despair take hold and just won't go away, you may have depression. Depression makes it tough to function and enjoy life like you once did. Just getting through the day can be overwhelming. But no matter how hopeless you feel, you can get better. Learning about depression—and the many things you can do to help yourself—is the first step to overcoming the problem.
November 28th, 2016 5:44pm
Sometimes, I feel sad because that is the feeling tone that arises within my body & mind. When I am feeling sad, I recognise that it is a natural emotional state. I extend compassion to myself, and remind myself that "It is ok to feel exactly how I am feeling, no matter what it is."
June 14th, 2015 4:39pm
This one hits home for me. I personally don't believe people feel sad for no reason, even if you don't know it, there's something making you feel sad. It could be anything really. In short, it's perfectly normal and okay to feel sad for no reason, well, at least no reason you can find. Just don't let it get to you, everyone has their fair share of bad days and sadness, it's perfectly normal!
February 19th, 2016 9:28pm
It's how the brain works. We just force ourselves to be sad in order to feel something. It's just how the brain is.
February 24th, 2016 5:07am
Perhaps something sad has happened, but you don't associate your sadness with the event. However, it could also be the sign of depression, in which case you should speak to your primary care provider.
March 13th, 2016 8:30am
Depression could be due to genetics, past trauma, substance abuse, certain medications, or simply puberty.
July 12th, 2016 1:56am
You dont always need a reason to be sad. Sometimes, nothing at all can be upsetting, the pure obsolescence of the world is an unsettling thing. And sometimes, we just lie down and cry because we need to. It's okay. Just know that being sad isn't wrong, it's good for you to feel, to cry. If it never rained, nothing would ever grow. Just remember that rainy days are always followed by sunny ones.
April 1st, 2015 12:53am
Over all,it depends.Sometimes we feel sad for no reason because of a hormone change or it could go beyond that.Depression is what most commonly comes to mind,if the feeling of sadness persists,seeking out professional help could be a good idea whilst paying attention to any other changes in you.
February 27th, 2016 3:02am
I often experience being sad especially when i am alone. i came to think of how hard life is and i kept wondering if i am still in the right path. I am even sad if no one talks to me or gave attention. most feeling are i feel neglected by people.
May 26th, 2015 11:45pm
Yes, often times most people with either depression or sometimes no type of mental illness can feel sad. Its kind of like a cloud hanging above your head for no reason. It happens sometimes, and thats something you can work through.
February 13th, 2016 11:32am
It could be from reminiscing memories of what might of happened. Sometimes it could be from thinking too much or possibly from having anxiety.
February 19th, 2016 5:18am
I feel sad sometimes because sometimes everything that is negative is just sad and gets overwhelming.
April 6th, 2016 11:20pm
I have Bipolar Disorder, it's a nasty thing. I have short and long mood swings that vary from super happy to deadly depressed. And the worst thing of all is - most of the time these emotions and feelings don't have any reason at all. I have cried so many times in front of my boyfriend for no reason it makes me sick at times. But then I know that he's there for me and the short phase will be over in a moment.
May 19th, 2016 6:35pm
Sadness usually has some kind of trigger or cause, even if we aren't aware of it. Sometimes it can be biological. Sometimes, something in our environment makes us feel a certain way, or certain thought patterns make us feel sad.
May 26th, 2016 2:01pm
It happens to everyone and one of the reasons might be boredom or the lack of positive activity. It's normal.
June 2nd, 2016 9:11am
Sometimes we feel happy for no reason, so it is only natural to feel sad from time to time. We just need to accept our emotion.
June 8th, 2016 8:05pm
You are emotionally and physically tired. You feel as if you can't take it anymore. Its also called depression. Some can get rid of it while others can't.
July 20th, 2016 2:27pm
People becomes sad for no reason as we think there is no reason but in reality, there is. It's just because we have lots of concerns and it all mixed up. We have to reorganized our thoughts to realize the reason of this sadness/loneliness. Once we are already aware of this reason (which we were not realizing before), we tend to think next on how to overcome it.
February 18th, 2016 10:20pm
It might be many reasons. Can you think back to what you were doing or thinking before you felt sad? Is there something in common?
March 2nd, 2016 1:41pm
It may be something like having depression or bipolar disorder or it can just be your mind getting to you or a lack of motivation.
March 20th, 2016 8:51am
In my experience, I've been dealing with depression for so many years that it was foreign to feel okay. So, depression was sort of like my home, it was all I knew. So I felt sad for no at all.
April 21st, 2016 8:23pm
this could have a lot of reasons. try to figure it out with someone you trust and who knows you well. maybe there was a recent event that made you feel sad. maybe you also want to talk to a professional about it?
May 12th, 2016 7:32pm
human motions are contagious .... so if you feel sad and there is no reason for that may be you were talking to some one sad or you saw some thing unhappy TV or some thing else .
May 15th, 2016 4:29am
It could be depression, or it could be an event that your conscious mind doesn't want to register. In any case, you should never make yourself feel guilty for being sad. Emotions are (for the most part) uncontrollable, so the best thing to do is label how you're feeling, accept it, and try to move past it in a healthy way. This can include spending time with people, getting outside, completing a task or project, taking care of your body, or creating something to express yourself.
May 21st, 2016 3:25pm
Depression, or any other mental illness which causes a depletion of Serotonin levels in the brain. Like the weather, sometimes sadness, "just is".
May 29th, 2016 10:33pm
We sometimes feel sad without knowing the reason because we don't pay attention to the small details that keep taking us down little by little, day by day. And one day, suddenly, we realize where we are.
June 10th, 2016 6:20am
I feel sad for no reason, sometimes, because I think this is how our body reminds us that we're just humans. A reminder that you don't need to fake that your strong or you can, that it's okay to feel sad about what happened. Sometimes we tend to forget caring for ourselves that we unconsciously becoming sad about it. It's a reminder we shouldn't miss nor ignore.
June 15th, 2016 10:03am
Sometimes there are underlying causes we do not want to address on our sadness, so we push them away to where we don't have to deal with them,however the more we avoid our problems,the more sad we get,until we face them. If there is not a situational reason, it could also be due to hormones or a mood disorder.
June 22nd, 2016 10:22pm
Sometimes we have bad days, and its gonna pass. But if you feel sad too many times in a long period of time, its may be a sign of depression. You can consult someone if you are insecure about it or you can talk to someone close to you.