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Im a 52 year old male who cries far too easily. Deaths of

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I'm a 52 year old male who cries far too easily. Deaths of people I don't know all that well. Deaths of pets. Stories. Even trying to sing football songs immediately prior to a match kicking off.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 2 years ago.
Hello from JustAnswer.
I will be glad to assist you today.
It will help if you could first provide some additional information.
How long has this been bothering you?
Are you having any other associated symptoms?
Do you have any chronic medical problems?
Are you taking any chronic medicines?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

I've been like this for years, possibly since I was 16.

No other symptoms.

No chronic problems other than knee joints.

I'm not taking any medication at all.

Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 2 years ago.
Has it gotten worse recently?
Or is there another reason why you are now pursuing this issue?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

I think it got worse a few years ago, but not for any reason I can think of. I'm very embarrassed by it, but can't work myself up to face my Doctor. Living in Scotland, it is very frowned on to be a grown man who cries.

Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 2 years ago.
Thank you for the additional information.

The primary medical problem that can cause a person to cry easily is clinical depression. Clinical depression can happen in response to a major life event, such as the loss of a loved one, but it also can arise for no particular reason. However, when someone has had this characteristic for decades and there are no other symptoms that may be associated with depression, it is also possible that this is simply the way you are put together.

There are certain personality traits that are intrinsic to the nature of an individual, such as being extroverted or introverted. Some people are more feelers while others are more thinkers. And this isn't just one or the other - these traits exist along a continuum, with some people strongly in one direction or the other, while others are only moderately along this continuum. If you have ever had a Myers-Briggs assessment done, it measure personality along four scales - intorversion vs extroversion, sensing vs intuition, thinking vs feeling, and judging vs perception. Within this construct, there is nothing right or wrong about any of these personality traits, although it is true that certain personality traits may be preferred in certain societies.

If you are concerned that you may have a medical problem causing this, it would be appropriate to consider seeking further assessment, but you would need to be willing to either discuss this with your doctor or to seek counselling. If you would rather try something at home, there are some supplements that may help with depression that would be OK to try, such as SAMe, 5-HTP, vitamin B6, and folic acid.

If this continues to be bothersome despite these supplements, then it would be appropriate to be seen.

If I can provide any further information, please let me know.
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