Crying Without Tears
There are people who do not have the ability to cry and that can have a huge affect on their mental well-being.
Scientists think that people with Sjogren’s syndrome, who do not have the ability to shed tears also might experience difficulty in expressing their emotions leaving them to rely on their facial expressions and words to let people know how they feel.
EurekAlert reported that a Dutch study, which assessed 300 people showed that patients with Sjogren’s syndrome were labeled clinically “alexithymic”. This means that they have difficulty identifying and describing emotions. These patients were compared to the control group where only 12% of the healthy controls had difficulty identifying emotions.
A very interesting fact that the study revealed was that higher levels of alexithymia were moderately correlated with worse mental well-being in both groups.