Sometimes You Just Need to Cry…

I started writing this post 13 days ago.  I got as far as the title but I couldn’t finish it because, quite honestly, I was too distressed to write. Look, I’ve been having a rough couple weeks, even more rough than things had been going the weeks prior when I was depressed and not doing anything.  Without being explicit, let’s just say that a little over a week ago I participated in a maladaptive coping mechanism that I had avoided using for nearly a year (I know the number down to the day).  I don’t know quite how to describe it, except that I just couldn’t stop thinking about that action.  I fought with myself for days, calling my therapist and friends, using skills that I learned in DBT. Unfortunately, I decided to engage in that behavior.  I didn’t feel that bad after, which is a scary thought, because I know it isn’t healthy for me. Luckily, I haven’t had the urge to act on it since.   (Breathe a huge sigh of relief — I know I did.)

About a week before this happened, I met with my therapist.  During session we were discussing something when all of a sudden I got really teary eyed.  I immediately said, “I feel like crying, but I’m not going to.” As soon as I said that, my teary eyes cleared up and I sat back and smiled.  When I did that my therapist pointed out that maybe it would be healthy for me to allow myself to cry.  I knew it would, but I don’t really know how to cry anymore. It’s as if, right when I start to “get into” crying, a vortex sucks my emotions back inside and I just can’t cry anymore.  I even find it hard to feel sad at that point.

Then last week, when I was trying to fight off the urge to use that maladaptive coping skill, I used the Lifeline Crisis Chat to talk about my feeling and everything.  When I was talking/chatting with someone, this one person noted that it seemed like I hold a lot of emotions inside.  They also commented that it would probably be good for me to cry.

So why is it so hard for me to cry?!  I think it all started in 2011, when my brother-in-law passed away.  I think I shut off my emotions for a while when I became depressed, like seriously depressed.  I was put on medications, but they didn’t seem to work that well.  I was still incredibly apathetic – I just didn’t really feel anything and didn’t really care about anything.  I had a pretty flat affect and that didn’t change for a year or two.  I finally started feeling my emotions again like a year ago or so, but it’s been a rough road.  I feel like the sad emotion especially has been working on a yo-yo string.  I start to feel it and then it’s sucked back up.  Where is it sucked up to?  I have no idea.

I feel most of my negative emotions in my gut.  I get this tense, chaotic sensation that feels like it’s swirling around.  I can almost visualize a twister or hurricane going through my gut, tearing up all of these emotions and whirling them around. It’s so frustrating, it needs a release.  Sometimes I feel like I need to just burst into tears and cry and sob and not stop for a long time.  But it feels so impossible.  That’s why, when I’m mindful of it, I try to let myself cry when I feel those emotions.

What can I say? Sometimes you just need to cry…

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2 thoughts on “Sometimes You Just Need to Cry…

  1. I don’t know about you, but there’s nothing that will shut down my water works faster than hearing someone tell me it’s okay to cry; like I need their reassurance. Something rebellious and obstinate wells up in me, and I shut down. I have no interest in crying on someone’s shoulder that tells me to. Which is why it’s so important to let myself cry when I need to. I don’t shut it down. I find a quiet corner and let it happen. God bless those little endorphins that tears bring! They’re like frozen yogurt on a hot day!

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    1. Sometimes people telling me it’s okay to cry helps and other times it doesn’t at all. I wish I could just cry when I need to, but I can’t seem to help but shut it down. :/ I guess I haven’t worked that one out yet.

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