Unexplained Crying/Sadness/Tears

What Causes Unexplained Sadness?

Unexplained sadness can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'worrying' to 'very serious'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose unexplained sadness, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "unexplained sadness" as a symptom.  Here are four possibilities:
  • Hypothyroidism
  • PMS D
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Depression

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
brittle fingernails
having non-scalp scaly/flaky skin
depression with some fatigue
prednisone use
poor recovery from exertion
being easily irritated
being very skinny
low T3 free level
very great unexplained weight gain
much reduced sense of smell
elevated TSH
numb/burning/tingling extremities
... and more than 60 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of unexplained sadness:
Cause Probability Status
Depression 99% Confirm
Bipolar Disorder 18% Unlikely
Hypothyroidism 4% Ruled out
PMS D 2% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

In the Emotional Symptoms section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about unexplained crying/sadness/tears:
Do you cry or become teary/sad for no reason?
Possible responses:
→ No / don't know
→ Very rarely - no more than once a year
→ Occasionally - a few times a year
→ Regularly - at least once a month
→ Often - several times a week
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate unexplained sadness/crying, regular unexplained sadness/crying or frequent unexplained sadness/crying, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
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