Why do I get teary-eyed when I am serious?
August 17, 2006 1:50 PM Subscribe
Is there a reason I get teary-eyed when I find myself in even the most remotely serious situation?
posted by sian to health & fitness (25 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
I don't consider myself a sad person in the least, but for some reason, whenever a serious topic comes up, I find myself tearing up and getting that itchy I'm-gonna-cry feeling in my throat. My jaw jitters and I might stumble over what I'm saying for fear of starting up the ol' waterworks.
Whether it's talking about global warming, a friend's breakup, how much I love my cat, or even when I find myself in a small confrontation, I feel it coming on. I never actually cry, but I know my eyes get glassy and I look uncomfortable. I feel like a dork as a result.
It's not a serious problem--just an annoyance. I just want to know why it happens. Has anyone else ever experienced this? Is it a mental (i.e. depression that I am not aware of?) or physical (i.e. heart rate induces tears?) thing? Chalking it up to "I'm a crybaby" just doesn't satisfy me!