Benefits of a Good Cry?
People often refer to a cry as a good cry and say they feel better afterward.
But is that always true?
Usually, but not always, says Bylsma. In a study of nearly 200 Dutch women, Bylsma found that most did say they felt better after crying. But not everyone. “We found that individuals who scored higher on [measures of] depression or anxiety were likely to feel worse after crying.”
Exactly why isn’t known, she says. It could be that those
who are depressed or anxious simply don’t derive the same benefits from crying as others do.
Next: “Coping with Crying”