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:
  • Depression
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Hypothyroidism
  • PMS D

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:
premenstrual abdominal bloating
occasional racing thoughts
very low free T4
elevated TSH
missing outer third of eyebrows
history of frequent dieting
depression with some anxiety
yellow/yellowish fingernails
T3-only thyroid hormone use
much reduced sense of smell
regular sleep paralysis
frequent colds/flus
... 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
PMS D 29% Unlikely
Bipolar Disorder 1% Ruled out
Hypothyroidism 0% 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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