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Old 01-08-12, 10:16 PM   #1
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Well, I'm 34 year old male and I've been having weird things happening. Few years back I had some kind of nervous breakdown at work, and since then things have improved but still I have some problems. Now, this is what I notice, when I'm with people and something funny comes up (very funny), I start laughing hard, but then my eyes start watering very fast and I FEEL LIKE CRYING. So, I'm laughing, and it's funny, but when I make that laughing face, I just feel like crying. I could start laughing very hard, and just switch easily to crying (because when I'm laughing, inside I have extreme urge to cry). Even funnier is that a lot of times, I make a joke. Tearing up is so bad, that people are looking at me and see that I'm laughing but are confused because there are so many tears. And as I mentioned when I make that laughing face, in a second I could switch to crying (I'm only laughing because I don't want people to feel uncomfortable, but I'd probably feel more relief if I just cried). Is this some weird type of depression?
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I made very little sense of this. It sounds like it could be something to do with depression, so if you're wanted to get it sorted out you should speak to someone professionally.
Sorry, not much help.
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I was diagnost with deep depression about 1 month ago, but the symptoms have been with me at least 2 yrs. (52yr male). I was watching a comedy on tv, I started to laugh, then the laughter became a major crying session. Deep inside I wanted to laugh, but I just could not.

I realate to you, have you talked to anyone?
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I think it is depression. I laughed but actually I was very sad....then I cried.

I've gone through this same situation when I was in deep depression which not long before this crying episodes, I committed suicide but it failed (I don't believe that I've committed).

I agree with Hakuna and Faxman....maybe you wanna to talk to the professionals. Take care.
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i know this thread is a billion years old but i just experienced what you described. i was watching mst3k for the first time and it made me almost want to cry laughing. but every time i got close to crying an actual tear, i felt like i would have started like.. sad crying. like crazy amounts of tears. but i didn't let myself because i didn't want to start bawling.. it was so weird..
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I have a similar thing happen, but instead of laughing it's listening to music. I think a lot of it has to do with I'm a musician and feel inadequate and unhappy with where I am as a whole with my playing and everything, but it's very hard to listen to music that used to inspire me, or even shows I've been to. Just this past Sunday I went and saw a solo acoustic guitarist perform in town here, and had to fight back from breaking down sobbing in a crowded room of people. Hell, there's been plenty of times I've cried onstage but luckily I had sunglasses on so no one could notice.
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