Are there any emotional signs that a patient may cry in therapy? When we say “cry” we normally think of a young child letting her tears run down her cheeks as she plays or when she gets bored. Crying is usually an indication that the human mind is processing something. The signs to watch for in therapy include crying for no reason, excessive crying and the feeling of the patient crying too much.
There are also signs that patients may be having a reaction to medications. Some patients may feel that their eyes are watering and their throat is dry after they finish medication. This is usually a sign of allergic reactions to something in the medication. Other signs include dizziness or a change in body temperature.
Therapy can have negative side effects if it is done the wrong way. In one study, sixty patients who were involved in a cognitive behavioral therapy program where they participated in four different therapies, eight sessions a week. The patients’ mean age was 65. Of those, twenty-two showed signs of crying in the treatment group. The mean age of the other patients was not significantly different.
So why does a patient cry in therapy? There could be any number of reasons. It may be because of physical pain or discomfort or a sense of loss of control. The key is to remember that the crying is normal, if you don’t like it, the therapist will know. The main thing is to recognize when the crying is excessive and needs attention.
Therapists are trained to help people with difficult behaviors and conditions. Some of the common signs that people experience are sadness, anxiety, frustration, stress, anger, guilt, fatigue, fear, sadness, crying, boredom, whining, crying, or becoming distant. A person with a physical illness may cry, for example, when they are hurt. This cry could be for a physical injury or sickness, or it could be because of their pain or discomfort. But the cry would still be a cry, not a whining fit. When a therapist notices this difference, it would be a good idea for the patient to discuss what they are doing and why they are doing it so that the therapist can better understand what is happening.
Another question that should be asked is how long do patients feel upset, frustrated or sad before they begin crying? During the first few minutes of therapy, the patient should not express any emotions other than happiness, joy or optimism that the therapist is encouraging. Also, the patient should not express any concerns or fears during these first few minutes. By expressing any thoughts or feelings during this time, the patient could inadvertently create more tension. The crying could then increase in frequency. It is normal to cry in therapy but it is not helpful.
If you find yourself crying in therapy at any time, you may want to re-examine how you are managing your feelings. You may need to change how you are managing these emotions. Or, you may have to work on ways to reduce your stress levels and frustration. Once again, if your crying in therapy lasts longer than three weeks, seek help from your therapist or someone else who can help you.
No one knows the answer to the question, “is it normal to cry in therapy?” But you should know that everyone cry occasionally and that crying is a natural part of our lives. While it is normal to cry sometimes, you should be very aware of how often you do it and why you are doing it. Once you find a way to manage your emotions, you will find that your therapy will be more successful and that you will be able to enjoy your recovery process more.