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Random crying Spell for little to no good reason, anybody have an idea why?

This used to happen to me when I was young, by that I mean the ages between 5 and about 12. I would get upset or over sensitive and just explode in tears and frustration. I went to several psychiatrists and I had cat-scans and such done to try and determine the cause before but there was nothing medically wrong with me, the doctors said nothing showed up in the cat-scan and nothing was wrong with anything in my blood stream. Even so I was put on medication meant for ADHD. It kind of helped, outbursts and frustration certainly slowed if not stopped, but I ended up dropping the pills because I ended up getting terrible headaches if I accidentally forgot to take them. I didn't want to deal with that dependency forever. Luckily, by the time puberty hit I was pretty normal, so me and my family assumed it was just hormones that got sorted out on it's own.

I'm 21 now and they've started up again. But I can't figure out why this time, it was so much easier to pinpoint when I was a child. Sometimes I can blame it on a sad scene in a movie or tv show or if I think of something bad happening to close friends or family. Things that usually upset or frustrate people. Even though as an adult I should be able to control it much better than I do. But other times it'll just hit me for no reason, like a tidal wave and all I can do is just let it happen because the more I fight the longer it goes on and I hated the choked feeling I get in my throat when it does. Thankfully it's only happened in private so far. But I worry it might appear in public, the embarrassment and people asking me "Are you okay?", "What's going on?", "What's wrong?" will only make it worse, dragging it out painfully. It's weird that people focusing in on it tends to make it so much worse than if they just left it alone. Another thing I can't figure out. I can't control it and it's starting frustrating me.

And what's worse I have nothing wrong in my life, thus I have no reason to blame this on depression. I have a great family that I can depend on, I have plenty of projects to keep me busy (I'm an artist by the way), I've start a new diet/eating habits recently(has nothing to do with this by the way, the cry spells started months before I started this diet) and I've already lost a couple of pounds, I exercise plenty (at least an hour a day, again this is months after the crying spells started), nobody in my family is sick or injured, I get plenty of sleep, I've got great friends, I was just accepted into the college of my choice and my first semester payment is covered completely. Everything is absolutely fine, I have no reason to cry this much. Even medically I'm fine, according to recent blood tests. The only thing off is my vitamin D, which I'm taking supplements for in addition to the multivitamins I'm also taking.

I'm not depressed, I have no reason to be and I certainly don't feel that way. I'm not sad, or angry, or much of any one emotion. Nothing out of the ordinary other than when the situation calls for it.

The closest approximation to what's going on with me is a condition a character call Jacuzzi from an anime called Baccano claims to have. The character cries at inappropriate times yet maintains a calm, sometimes even upbeat attitude. When confronted about it he claims that it's a condition that he can't really control. When I first saw that, I instantly knew what that was like. It was exactly what was wrong with me, the only difference is I want it to stop and the character really didn't care about it. It's both funny and frustrating that possibly a made up condition is very, very real to me.

I just don't know what to do. I don't want to go to a psychiatrist because I know all that's going to happen is I'm going to cry and the doctor will keep asking what's wrong and I won't have an answer. And I haven't told my current doctor about this problem either because of the same thing.

So does anybody have a clue what's going on?
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This is caused by a energy/emotional disfunction in the body.  !  I cured my depression and got off my pills by doing this simple thing:  inserting a thin needle (can be a thin sewing needle)  around the top of my head, you can look at acupuncture points on the internet, and apply medium pressure.  You will feel things loosening up and parts that are numb will return to normal working order.  It may take a long time, but it actually feels so good.  You can do it laying down.
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You more or less described my life... I cry over tv commercials and episodes of the Simpsons. I can't control it and the lack of control of such emotional outbursts makes me feel even worse :(
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Just read your post, have you made any progress since may? this is happening to a family member, we have asked to be referred to another neurologist as we are fed up with being told he must be depressed.
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Thease episodes are anxiety equivalents. Like palpitations, hyperventilation, choking sensations etc., Get off coffee, cola drinks, cannabis and ginseng. Exercise regularly. Do Yoga. If none of these work, take an SSRI. Antidepressanrs work for both depression and anxiety.
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Same thing happening to my father just as you described it. It stopped happening to him for five years once he stopped eating ‘fructose’ foods (foods with high natural sugar concentration like apple and watermelon). However it’s back and he’s still on the fructose free diet. Not sure what to do to help him now.
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