I’m currently doing a series of random posts and topics pertaining to questions I’ve been requested to explain before delving into one particular topic.
This fascinating article below was shared by Dysautonomia International.Org
“The reasons why We need to cry”
The connection between tears & our autonomic nervous system.Incase you didn’t know that having Dysautonomia causes a person to cry more easily due to the entire nervous system being dysfunctional.
Hardcore emotions like sadness, anger, stress, and even extreme happiness are processed in your body as a sign of danger, as if you were being chased by a bad guy or are about to be eaten by a bear.
In the face of intense circumstances, the amygdala, an area of the brain that controls emotional processing, sends a signal to the hypothalamus—a pea-sized gland in your brain that’s connected to your autonomic nervous system, explains Ray Chan, M.D., an ophthalmologist at Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital.
The autonomic nervous system handles functions that you don’t have any control over, like body temperature, hunger, thirst, and yup—crying.
Your heart starts to race, and you feel that lump in your throat.
To help you prepare for impending doom, the fight-or-flight response tries to stop you from performing any nonessential functions, like eating or drinking.
“The body is trying to protect you so you don’t accidentally get any [nasal secretions or tears] in your lungs,” says Patricia Salber, M.D., founder of The Doctor Weighs In.
Then the waterworks begin to flow.
But that reservoir fills up pretty quickly. And when it does, the tears will start to drip out of your eyes and stream down your face, Dr. Salber says. The tears will also start to flood your nasal cavity and come out of your nose.
“Emotional tears have more protein, and there’s speculation that the protein makes the tears thicker, so they’re more likely to hang onto your cheek and send a signal of visual distress,” Dr. Salber says.
Some experts even think that tears are the body’s way of telling you to throw up a white flag during a fight: The salty drops blur your vision, making you less likely to act aggressive or defensive.
But when it’s all over, you might actually feel better.
Tearing up can also signal your brain to release endorphins called leucine-enkephalins, which act like pain relievers to boost your mood. “So people start to feel a sense of relief,” says Dion Metzger, M.D., a psychiatrist based outside of Atlanta.
People with mood disorders (like anxiety or depression) are also less likely to experience the positive benefits of crying, Dr. Metzger says.
Don’t let anyone make you feel otherwise
[ IMPORTANT NOTE ]
Do not consider crying as a weakness or constantly tell someone to “stay strong”, after a life changing incident such as loss, trauma or period of grief. It could be very detrimental to the person’s future.
It has been proven that people who are not allowed to feel and process their chain of emotions later on begin experiencing issues such as anxiety, emotional outbursts, and even stress disorders which convert into illness.
Please be cautious of what is uttered to people who are undergoing some type of difficulty.
While we may think “stay strong” or “someone has it worse” is encouraging, sometimes it can have negative consequences by making the person feel they’re not allowed to fall apart.
These are fine aspects the effects of which are minimized. When we deal with cases first hand, we come to realise how “little” phrases or acts can contribute towards major things. Negatively or positively.
Here are a few previous chapters where I cried & wrote about crying
I’m not ashamed of my tears because they were always a medium of regaining newfound strength to face whatever the future held