Crying Every Day
I spent three years on depression meds and have been off them for a year and a half. I had been doing extremely well until these past 4 or 5 months. I am a college student and faced major battles dealing with health, friends, relationships, family relationships, family health, and academics this past semester. I am now a few weeks into my summer vacation and I cry almost everyday. I am not suicidal. Is it ok to cry everyday in my situation?
It is always okay to cry. Suppressing your emotions is never helpful. Usually the more you can allow yourself to express your feeling without judging yourself or thinking that you need to "have a good reason to cry," the better off you will be. It sounds like you've been through a lot of stress this year. Sometimes when you get a break (like summer vacation) and the activity slows down and you have a chance to relax, emotions surface. It's just a natural release valve when you finally get a chance to let go and be still for a while. Trust your own process.
Crying is not in and of itself a sign of depression. Sadness, grief, or tears are something different than depression. It could be "normal" emotions and just a symptom of being human.
I recommend using Meridian Tapping/EFT to help you move through whatever you are going through. It can usually help you process and resolve emotional issues very quickly.
Be gentle with yourself.
Ben Schwarcz, MFT
Santa Rosa Psychotherapist
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