I cry too easily, I can’t read anything aloud, with even a hint of sadness 0r stress or I start to cry and then I can’t talk… I am a silent cryer. When I attend a reception line at weddings, I cry. When we would watch a tv show as a family, the children delighted in catching me crying over silly things, and reminded me that it wasn’t real. I told them my bladder was simply too close to my tear ducts. I have never been depressed. I am the eternal optomist.
I appreciated the sentiments expressed by SilentEchoes in a forum I follow: She shared…..
“Pathologic tearfulness (emotional incontinence) is a disorder of emotional expression rather than a primary disturbance of feelings.”
“It’s not you – it’s your brain injury. I cry easy – too easy. I often lose credibility with the doctor when it happens to me. The imbalance of power in the exam room is very real.”
“A neurologist told me that the fact I was crying in his office was evidence of mental illness. When we left my husband said, we’re never going back to that a$$h*le. When you understand what is going on in your brain, you’re better equipped to advocate for yourself. This is much harder to do in the early phase when you’re baffled by the weird stuff you’re experiencing.”
“Gaslighting and psychological abuse is never okay; and especially not in the context of the medical setting.”
“Emotional incontinence is not associated with depression, impulsiveness, memory impairment, or executive dysfunction.”
“Pathologic tearfulness is not a manifestation of psychiatric illness, it reflects abnormalities in brain networks that control emotion regulation beyond the hippocampus. The condition may be present in other neurologic disorders, this article provides novel insights into the neural basis of affective control and its dysfunction in disease.”
“The more you know the better you can advocate for yourself.”