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Acta Psychiatr Scand. 2007 May;115(5):340-51.

Is there a relationship between depression and crying? A review.

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  • 1Department of Psychology and Health, Tilburg University, Tilburg, The Netherlands. vingerhoets@uvt.nl

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To conduct a systematic examination of the relationship between depression and crying by reviewing all relevant theory and empirical data including the performance of crying items in measures of depression.

METHOD:

Review of the extant literature on depression and crying using PubMed, PsychInfo and Google Scholar databases.

RESULTS:

Scores on crying items of depression inventories correlate moderately with overall depression severity. Otherwise, there is surprisingly little evidence for the widespread claim that depression leads to more frequent and/or easier crying. There is also little empirical support for the competing claim that severely depressed individuals lose their capacity to cry.

CONCLUSION:

Current claims about the relationship between depression and crying lack a robust empirical foundation. Assessment instruments and diagnostic systems for mood disorders are inconsistent in how they handle crying as a symptom. Further work to investigate the causes and the context of crying in depressed patients is needed.

PMID:
17430411
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