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Ever experience sudden onset profound sadness for no apparent reason when not depressed?

Asked by Dr_Lawrence (19649points) February 18th, 2010

I was having a good day when suddenly I was overcome with profound sadness and I could not pin down any associated thoughts or events. I take anti-depressants daily to cope with my chronic pain and have not felt depressed in many years.

I withdrew from contact with others for a few hours and it passed. Even as a trained psychologist, I found this odd.

How many of your (who are not depressed) experience such unexplained feelings of sadness and how do you cope with it?

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susanc's avatar

It was perhaps close to the anniversary of the day something awful happened. Check back and see if this might be true. Trauma can do that, as you probably know. Glad to know it passed.

Blackberry's avatar

It happend randomly as well, but it passes so fast there’s no time to cope, or it’s during a task I’m doing so get back to my task. I always become sad or maybe just extremely humble….whenever I think about the universe and how trivial and insignificant we are. I think about our earth being destroyed and it not making a difference because there is a multitude of other planets, stars, and galaxies out there. And then I just say: Oh well, my pion of an existence still matters amongst our species so back to life lol.

gemiwing's avatar

Yes. I only worry when the duration is longer than three days, personally.

I usually chalk it up to blood sugar, exhaustion or just simple human moodiness.

Zen_Again's avatar

Yes, actually.

Berserker's avatar

It happens. I usually find some reason though, even if I half know that may not be it.

thriftymaid's avatar

No. That sounds serious.

Rellie25's avatar

Just happened… which is why I looked it up. So overwhelming that I could just sit and sob. There’s a poker of hot sadness that just steals my breath sitting in the middle of my chest, makes me feel crazy. I take celexa for anxiety… but this, this is like comparing a smart car to one of the giant earth movers… huge, big, big, big… black, dark, painful sad sad sad… Like you have a pain but you can’t rub it because you’re not sure where it is. This is a “SAD” and I can’t deal with it be I can’t tell where it’s coming from. Like being in a room with surround sound and trying to identify where the sound is coming from. I hope it doesn’t last long.

Ktaylor's avatar

I get that too on occasion. I’ve found that it’s usually worse at night. Thankfully it only occurs maybe once every three or four months. It’s so aggravating hen it happens because I can’t figure out what is causing it and therefore can’t fix it. It is usually gone by the time I wake up in the morning. I really wish I knew what causes it and better still, how to cure it.

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