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Gorgoose

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Just wondering if anyone else has ever experienced this, and might know anything about it...

It has now happened to me a couple of times that seemingly out of the blue I will start crying, just a tiny bit at first so that I try to control it and stop but cannot and it escalates; I end up crying uncontrollably, having difficulty breathing, shaking, sweating etc. This can last for hours.
This may not sound that strange but the thing is it seems to be for no reason; sometimes one tiny thing may set it off, but never something that would normally bother me that much, and it has even happened when I've been in a pretty good mood. During the 'attack' I'm not actually depressed about any particular thing...although, of course, trying to work out what the hell is wrong makes me think about things I AM depressed about, which doesn't help. But it's not really like when I have a bad moment of depression, it has a much more uncontrollable, panicky feel to it, and as I said, seems to be for no particular reason.
 
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Yup i have had this. I had the feeling also that i was suffocating..without any apparent trigger. i figured it's a panic attack? im still not sure but thats the only way i can make sense of it.
 
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That occurred to me to, so I looked up panic attacks on good old Wikipedia, but it didn't sound quite right- it didn;t mention crying or any link to depression, and I don;t think my physical symptoms are that strong- I don't feel like I'm going to have a heart attack or anything.
How have you coped with it, if at all? What do you do when it happens?
 
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I just sit in a corner/somewhere reasonably private (although it almost always happens out in public - another reason why i thought they must have been panic attacks) and curl up and wait it out. I really dont know how else to cope with it. I made the connection that it only happens if im in a low mood so when i feel like that i try to stay as safe as possible, just hang around at home or else i just feel as though im exposing myself too much emotionally. this probably doesnt make sense, sorry!
 
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No worries, made perfect sense...if I know I'm in a precarious mood, I can stay at home and not 'expose' myself, and I do this sometimes...but the thing is, this has happened when I was actually in a GOOD mood, which is what worried me.
 
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That would worry me too, good luck finding an answer. You never know it might be something you dont even think is significant..
 
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Hi,
Are you on any meds at all?

I've had something similar since going onto citalopram to the point the doctor last night has agreed to cut the dose with a view to getting off. The last couple of days seem to have been on the verge of breaking down in tears a few times, the insane (or it feels that way) thing is it's mostly happening at work in a job I enjoy and am reasonably good at. I can't afford to let the mask slip as that would only make things worse..

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Gorgoose

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No, I've tended to avoid medication, although I've often thought maybe it would help...I guess I can't of have a thing against it (only when it comes to myself though, not others).

The only person I've spoken to about this suggested it was because I keep my feeling repressed and hidded and don;t talk to people enough...but especially as I just moved to a new city in a foreign country, I don't HAVE any close friends to talk to...and even at 'home' I've never been good at talking to people about my problems.
 
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Well I can feel for that ;) It does help to talk about it, but then I know how hard it is to find anyone who'll listen especially when things get really bad :(
 
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thank goodness i a not the only person who has that problem!

i have been having this issue on and off for the past year and you're right, it is very much like the panic-attack-like feelings I had with agoraphobia. i think that for me, this is a type of anxiety attack related to agoraphobia. i really wish it would stop! it has become especially bad recently ad i have had other agoraphobic symptoms return along with it.
 
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JAMES10

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Uncontrollable crying

Sometimes, the uncontrollable crying can be the result of stress! The glands that control crying, release the tears as a way of helping the body cope with stress especially stress related to you feeling sorry for yourself that makes you want to cry.

How long has it gone on for? Also, have you sought a professional medical opinion on the problem?
 
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backwoodsboy804

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My girlfriend is having the same problem, panic attacks? Plus uncontrollable crying and she sais she can't hardly breath when it happens. I have no idea how to help her, so any ideas would be greatly appreciated
 
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Yes ive had this too where I can just cry and cry, usually though it take just a tiny trigger to then build and build. I find it's worse when in a situation where u don't want to expose itself, ie work, this has happened a couple of time now. Luckily my boss is reasonably sympathetic but it leaves u feeling very vulnerable. Hope things get better for you.
 
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sonnykalsi

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i have the similar problem if not more severe, it started with panic attacks but then medications made anxiety away and all that was left was random depression attack triggering uncontrollable crying. I tried everything unsuccessfully like meditation,exercise, walks in gardens and all that calming bollocks doctors tell you to do. Now I am seeing a head of a Psychiatric Institute for the last 60 days who has seen this problem many times before and he put me on CLonazapam, Prozac and Wellbrutin and adjusts the doses every 7 days and it is finally gone . Some serious physical side effects like distorted vision ,heavy headedness and nausea persist due to so many antidepressants but the psychiatrist wants me to give it time and assures its just withdrawl and they will go away .I had to give up everything and move back in with my parents to kill this problem once and for all. But my problem started because of withdrawing antidepressants too quick in the first place. So if you can see a specialist and talk it out first that d be great. Also he mentioned it is a kind of hypochondria
 
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Sandra Hrometz

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I just came across your post today, although it looks as if your original post was years ago. Look into pseudobulbar affect, which is a condition that involves crying attacks (some even have uncontrollable laughing attacks). There is actually a medication approved for the condition, and I have seen it used with success in one individual. I am not listing the name of the medication since I do not want to endorse a specific medication, but I urge you to look into seeing if you do have pseudobulbar affect and then going from there. Good luck!
 
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