Why does crying feel good?

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Why does crying feel good?
« on: 20/05/2015 14:42:52 »
I'm wondering what crying is, from the neurophysiological standpoint. What is happening when one is anguished or sad, and really feels like crying? Is that different from when we just cry, without the option of holding back? Why does it feel like a relief? There are several reasons for tears to pop out from the eyes: sadness, frustration, physical pain, emotion (which could be positive, really happy)... I assume that completely different parts of the brain are active in each of these situations. Is the same process going on, leading to crying?
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