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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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June 25th, 2016 7:16pm
Sadness is a state of mind.Sometimes we feel sad just because our body wants to remind us that we are human and we have feelings.
June 27th, 2016 7:10pm
You may feel sad for no reason due to low levels of serotonin in the brain. When you have low levels of this chemical you generally feel sad and feel like you have little energy. Exercise can heighten levels of serotonin.
June 29th, 2016 10:39am
It happens with everyone. I don't have any scientific reason for it but here's something I read once : "When someone dies who has nobody in this world to grieve for them, the sadness is assigned to a random person. That is why you sometimes feel sad for no reason." There is obviously no proof of this being true, but it always comes to my mind when I'm sad for no reason. By the way, sometimes when you're "sad for no reason", maybe you're just sad for a whole lot of minute reasons which you cannot bring together and comprehend as one, simply because they are all tiny fragments, having arisen at different times and hence you cannot find a solid reason behind your sadness.
July 17th, 2016 6:18pm
It is okay to feel sad for no reason. Emotions and feelings are what make us humans and there is no wrong or right to feel a certain way. Feeling sad for no reason just means you are currently feeling sad for no reason. See everything as it is without further elaborating it.
July 17th, 2016 7:36pm
I sometimes feel sad for no reason because I have not cared for myself. I have not taken care of my needs. Feeling sad also reminds me that I did something wrong. I have to deal with it, ask for forgiveness and move on.
July 29th, 2016 5:01pm
Some of us have brains that are more sensitive to the effects of stress. Feeling sad for no reason could be the result of brain chemistry (serotonin and norepinephrine), the weather (Seasonal Affective Disorder), Vitamin D deficiency, hormonal changes, or subconscious triggers.
July 29th, 2016 9:15pm
I know how this feels and it feels frustrating because you don't know what's wrong and so you can't help yourself. I believe that it may be frustration with boredom. Boredom isn't always an angry or frustrated feeling, you can feel sad too. That boredom may come from having nothing to do so you kind of just sit there with your thoughts. To solve this, try getting out of your comfort zone. Do something fun like go for a walk, find new hobbies and new friends. It may sound really hard to do this but you will find something to do eventually.
May 3rd, 2015 5:45am
You can feel sad and not understand the reason why. Just accept that you are sad and don't understand why. It could be a secondary emotion rooted to some other emotion. There is also the possibility of negative or automatic thoughts leading to a sense of sadness depression or unhappiness.
December 1st, 2015 3:29pm
Everyone feels sad sometimes but typically with an underlying reason, feeling sad often without reason may need to be talked about with a professional
February 14th, 2016 5:16am
Usually, it is for a reason- the reason just isn't obvious to you at the moment. We have many things to be sad about throughout the day, and sometimes we don't realize what they're doing or why we're experiencing feelings of sadness. Writing down your feelings, such as in a journal, is a great way to help with this.
February 27th, 2016 6:06am
Well it could be depression. If it is, there could be chemicals in your brain not working quite right and causing you to feel sad without a trigger. That's what medications help with.
March 2nd, 2016 1:49am
Being sad is one of those human things that can be ultimately annoying at times but at the same time be very, very human too. Everyone feels sad at one point or another in their life, and after a tragic event or something that really made an impact on you feeling sad can be as normal as feeling any other emotion in the world, especially if you're a teenager experiencing puberty AKA an explosion of hormones and moods. The only thing is, if you find yourself constantly feeling down, sad or depressed, things could definitely be more serious an that's when I would advise seeking help or some sort of grip on what exactly your situation is. Sometimes, you won't need to see a doctor right away or therapist, but it might be better to talk to someone you trust, like a teacher, guidance counselor (if you're in school), parent, sibling (seeing that they're the right age, of course) and honestly just really anything along those lines. If you don't think it's that big of a deal and don't want to make a huge fuss out of it, don't worry, just assess your feelings and/or take the 7cups emotional wellness test. It's helpful, and doing it every day helps you figure out were your sadness may stand on the scale (depression, anxiety, normal, etc.)
March 4th, 2016 3:03am
You feel sad, because something unwanted happen. And in long term, sadness become your life-style. Why do i say so? Because if you're continously being sad, your mind will programs it as your behavior and tendency to be sad.
March 4th, 2016 9:53am
HORMONE that's for me.Or maybe you are stressed with your surroundings/problems because you can not solve it that, can also leads to becoming sad
March 11th, 2016 4:09pm
it happens, it is a natural part of life. Its perfectly okay to feel that way sometimes as long as your being positive and happy again.
March 12th, 2016 2:11am
It is natural sometimes things upset you or reading a tragedy story to hearing others losses or things they have lost so techniquelly lots of reasons it comes with no answers to it.
March 17th, 2016 4:18am
That's a sign of depression. Go for a run! or do something you love to keep your happy hormones going !!!!
March 17th, 2016 2:12pm
Feeling sad for no reason, is usually due to deep or intense concerns from the past maybe or current, at times it is nothing but just that you choose to feel sad, whatever the case be, we always and always can try and get over and choose to be happy, thats how it goes !
March 18th, 2016 7:18pm
Sometimes it's because you're feeling stressed out over so much things that you don't realize. Also, hormones are rather fickle creatures
April 6th, 2016 4:25pm
the weather can often effect our mood so can lack of certain vitamins like vitamin D. i take a vitamin D supplement to counter act the effects
April 15th, 2016 8:51am
This can be a lot off resons Depression. Can do this to us. Which is why u need seek professional help
April 27th, 2016 3:18pm
It could be a number of things. It could be a disorder that is causing it, it could be your medication, your amount of sleep or food level, how much you interact with people socially, or could just be normal moodswings from a hormone imbalance. A moodswing from a hormonal imbalance is normal. Almost everyone suffers with it if not everyone. Also, it could be that you are just having one of 'those' days. Or your mind could be subconsiously thinking of something that is sad. You can not identify what your mind is thinking though. I would suggest going and talking to your doctor and see what the side effects or your medications are and maybe talk to them for some professional advice.
May 5th, 2016 5:37am
There can be many influences for a sad feeling. From scientific studies showing brain chemicals, to common answers such as hormones, there can be many different causes. I personally feel a sudden amount of sadness almost daily, and I believe it is just life's daily things just adding up. The stressors in today’s world are much more chronic and less controllable by taking action, and we often don’t get the break afterwards to recover and regroup. This can lead to your body just going "bleh" at times, and making you feel bad. In the end, just have faith in yourself, and to always look to the future. If the sadness continues, and begins to affect your daily life, I believe you should consult an adult, or a specialist.
May 11th, 2016 7:32am
There is always a reason for sadness but its you who can't find the reason for it , so focus on things that you may think are the reason for your sadness and when you find the right reason you will know it eventually.
May 13th, 2016 4:30pm
Maybe because sometimes you don't like being yourself. Times when you wanna be other than what you are. Think about it, We only like ourselves when we are desirable in the context of societal perspective. So when we are left alone, and there is nobody around to validate us and give us love, we find it hard to love ourselves and feel empty as a consequence.
May 20th, 2016 9:14pm
You maY have clinical depression. Maybe you should check In with a doctor. And if not. Maybe you're just having a tough week. Everyone has that period of time where they feel like crap. Try taking care of yourself and doing things you enjoy. Smile as much as possible. And try to push that big dark cloud off from over you.
May 21st, 2016 2:26pm
This is a normal feeling. Our brains are a powerful tool that are always thinking. Some days are good and some days are bad, but things will always get better
May 21st, 2016 4:19pm
Remember this is very common and you aren't at all abnormal, try and do something you like doing, watch a funny film or meet up with some friends, don't let yourself become isolated or spend too much time indoors
May 22nd, 2016 12:58pm
I learned that if your sad or just don't feel like doing anything You should talk to friends instead of isolated yourself!
May 25th, 2016 12:55am
Sometimes little events that are sad like tv shows can impact us in a large way. Talk to someone maybe a psychiatrist maybe you have a chemical imbalance. Or go the non medication route and talk to a therapist when you feel sad like checkups if you had a cold