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That sounds like an emotional, psychological reaction and not actually a direct side effect of the vaccine in the way a mild fever would be. But it's also completely normal! You've been through an incredibly stressful experience and completing the vaccine regime really does close that for you. I came pretty close to crying when I got my second shot, could barely choke out a thank you.
10000% nope. Not stressed, not emotional about the vaccine/pandemic. Feel literally 0 things about it on an emotional level. That part of me died many pandemic months ago.
2 days post booster though, and i'm crying, super hormonal, feeling all kinds of weird shit.
Same here! It’s bizarre. Got my booster and a few days later, bam. I have no reason to feel this way. Last night, crazy anxiety and today, crippling depression. I wonder if somehow it messed with my hormones or something. Going to try to get a good rest tonight and see if it lifts tomorrow. Weird.
Are you feeling better now? If so, how long did it last?
Yes it went away. It lasted about a week I think.
It’s just an emotional reaction. I surprised myself when I cried for a good bit in the days after I got my second shot - mainly because I hadn’t really expected or processed how much being vaccinated meant to me and how much relief it brought after a year+ in nearly constant isolation.
That’s just normal human behavior
I got teary eyed at how grateful I was that things may finally be getting back to *normal* and that I didn't get sick- an old friend of mine died from covid before the vaccine was available, so it was a few different emotions
Just adding to this thread. I’m a 40 year old male, super active and fit and healthy. I’ve spent the last two days since getting my Moderna booster on the verge of tears. I’ve cried several times, and been wondering wtf is happening to me because it doesn’t feel right or normal. The days leading up to the booster were totally normal, and I was feeling energetic and balanced. Feeling some relief at reading some similar stories from you all.
Wow it's crazy to hear that it affected someone as fit, healthy and active as you! I hope you're recovering and enjoying life again. If you have any tips for coping please share!
>How are you feeling now, my into my Third day and my crying is at least manageable whereas before it would just overwhelm me.
34 female here. Same reaction to booster. Very strange. Hope it passes for us soon.
Has it passed for you?
Yes it sure has! :):)
I think it temporarily messed with my hormones. Back to normal now and no more issues! It passed after a few days.
Seeing this thread still active I will share my experience. Went through bouts of depression and aggression after my first two shots of Pfizer. Didn't draw the connection at the time because I simultaneously received new ADHD meds and figured they caused the side effects. Then three weeks ago I got my Pfizer booster shot. And here we go again.... Feeling like severly PMSing ever since. Anhedonic, apathetic, exhausted and bouts of severe aggression even though I finished my period a week ago. That's how I found this thread. Desperately googling my symptoms and a connection to the vaccine but not finding anything official. Please keep the thread going!
Oh that's really hard, to feel so exhausted, depressed, apathetic and PMS-like. How are you doing now? I'm glad you shared so others won't feel alone!
Thanks for getting back to me OP and for keeping this thread alive! :) it seems to be really helpful for quite a few of us. Right now I'm still not back to normal unfortunately. Last time it took me approximately 1 and a half months to get back to normal. Hopefully it will be the same this time around. I will keep you posted on my progress...
Wow 1.5 months to get back to normal! I know how frustrating it must be to wait this long. Thank you for sharing and helping to keep this thread alive. I'm nervous to get my booster too. Take extra gentle care of yourself. Please keep us updated on your progress!
I'll definitely keep you updated! But even though it sucks feeling the way I'm feeling right now I'm still glad I got the booster. Knowing people who either died from Covid, went to hospital or suffered long-term health damage I still think one and a half months of depression is a small price to pay in order to not end up on a ventilator or worse.
How long did it take for you to recover?
Just jumping in to say I’ve been the same, F31, very very depressed close to suicidal after 1st shot, second came 3 weeks later so didn’t see much change, got better generally after about 1,5-2 months. Same rodeo with the booster, I reckon it might be since it’s been so long between them and my hormones had time to stabilise until they got fucked over again. Hopefully it’ll settle in not so long (I’m soon 1 months in after booster).
Really sorry to hear you're going through the same misery. I can give you a quick update on my current situation. My booster's been a month and a week ago and I'm starting to feel slightly better now even though right now I'm actually really PMSing... I'm pretty sure in about a week from now once I've started my second period after the shot I'll be pretty much back to normal. So keep my fingers crossed for you that very soon things will get better for you too!
Sorry for late reply - but as with you, things fell into place again some 1-1,5 months post booster. Now pretty much back to normal - glad to hear you’re feeling a change to the better as well! I reckon with time these things will be (hopefully) looked into and counted in as valid symptoms for some! Thanks for your reply!
Glad to hear you're feeling good again as well! I'm also pretty much back to normal now. Second period after booster was a week late, so my PMS-misery was a bit extended but 3rd period was punctual as usual and I feel good again. So all in all roughly 2 months to get back to normal. I'm meanwhile pretty sure that all those unpleasant side effects of the vaccine and booster came down to the hormonal changes a stimulated immune system causes thus influencing my cycle and mood. Unpleasant but still better than a ventilator... ;)
Got Pfizer booster yesterday. I didn't have this with my first two (Moderna) shots, but here I am, crying and Googling like the rest of y'all. Thanks OP, good to know this is a thing.
I’m in the exact same situation - just got my Pfizer booster this past week, both previous shots were Moderna. I had a rough time with physical symptoms with Moderna, but nothing like this. I almost never cry, even when I’m PMSing, and now I’m sobbing uncontrollably. As unfortunate as it is, it’s comforting to see that I’m not imagining this and other people are going through the same thing.
Hope you feel better soon, and happy holidays!
Same to you! I felt better pretty quickly =)
I wanted to see how long the crying lasted? My mom is experiencing the same right now
About 3 days off and on, so hopefully your mom is starting to feel better! I felt “down” for about 2 weeks, but I could still function.
Same. Hugs. Currently in bed feeling real blue.
Hope you feel better soon!
I also had not so fun reaction to moderna (shots 1&2) - had the whole fever, vomiting from the front and the back end, body aches, headaches, really messed up menstrual cycles etc etc all within normal reaction, but never the less was not fun.
Had a Pfizer booster 2 days ago, no physical reaction other than a sore arm, but emotionally a wreck, severe depression and anxiety. Haven't been able to sleep.
Discovered this post after searching the google machine. Glad to see it's not in my head, and others are also having similar reactions. Not happy about it being a potential reaction tho....
On the bright side my house is now spotless with my lack of being able to sleep!
Interesting. I got my booster shot the first day of my period. Didn’t time it that way, but that’s just how things worked out. You say you had messed up cycles etc after shots 1 and 2….so now I’m wondering if my hormones have also been thrown off, and it’s been made worse by the fact that I was already on my period when I got the shot. Couldn’t sleep due to anxiety last night. I was so depressed today and that’s not like me. I’ve had mild anxiety before but not to the degree I had last night…And I only get situational depression, so it was strange that I felt depressed for no reason today because I have nothing to be stressed about. Weird! Hope yours clears up too…..
Aww big hugs!
You experienced an intense emotional release. After I got into my car after getting my first dose I sobbed hysterically for about 20 minutes before I was able to calm it all back down and drive home. The past year has been ridiculously painful for all of us. Receiving the vaccine provides some level of a sense of closure and an end to all the suffering we've all had thrust upon us. Nothing to do with the physical effects of the vaccine.
Hey everyone, my husband and I are going through the same. We are in Germany and received the Pfizer and later the Moderna booster. My husband usually is mild tempered and a busy person but since the booster he’s felt intense anxiety about things he long worked through already and says he has mood swings. His elder parents are also experiencing mood swings; his mother is having depressive waves, and his father is having anger problems. I’ve been having depressive waves as well, I take an antidepressant and it seems as though it’s not working, which is odd because it’s good medicine. I do feel that my neck hurts, it feels full, my lower back hurts, and I am just exhausted all the time. I don’t get menstruation since I take progesterone so I don’t experience any PMS.
I didn’t want the booster but they force you to take it here or you don’t get to live your life lol so it’s really a messed up situation to be global experiments.
Sorry to hear you're going through such a hard time and having depressive waves and pains. Thank you for sharing your experience. I hope you and your family feel better soon.
Hello, 36M here. ***Disclaimer alert** I have Biomedical Science degree, all medication has side-effects, it’s all about risk vs benefit, and I am in no way anti-vaxx.
My first two vaccines were AZ, I think I felt a bit anxious afterward but not too bad. I got the Pfizer booster 3 weeks ago and feel like I’ve gone off the rails. Anxiety is through the roof. I do tend to get anxious around this time of year anyway but it definitely feels worse than before. It’s good knowing I’m not alone and that it should get better eventually.I
It’s worth keeping in mind that if the vaccine is causing this that it’s likely the actual virus would cause it and worse.
Thank you all so much for posting, I thought I was loosing my mind. For me this has nothing to do with relief or anything related. I have no problem getting the shot, Two Pfizer, zero reaction, second one my arm wasn't even sore. Went for my booster yesterday (Moderna), had a panic attack about 5 min after the shot (never get panic attacks) was able to calm myself down, was crazy hot in the room and I had a big jacket on and felt I couldn't breathe with the mask on. When I walked outside was nice and cold (I'm in Ontario, Canada) it felt great. Then got home and two to three hours later started to feel anxious that I was going to get symptoms (like really scared to get chills and sweats, like seriously...lol) My thoughts were just racing out of control. Then reversed into depression that I was sad that I was going to die and leave the kids, family etc behind. I kept flipping and flopping back and forth, had to stop watching Vikings (love the show) because it was just too much for me to process. Keep in mind I woke up that morning with none of this in my mind, was like I crawled into someone else's mind. Then I noticed I basically had tears in my eyes all day, like I was on the verge of crying (I'm a 52 YO Male, this was such a strange feeling for me, I'm divorced/widower so trust me I can get in touch with my emotional side but this was just way off for me, like I wasn't in control) I'm in fairly good shape. Play hockey three times a week (ya how Canadian but helps you get through the cold weather), go to the gym and keep active walking my dog, have a great job that is easy. Went to bed last night, had crazy chills followed by the sweats but wasn't that bad. I still feel the same today, almost started crying when I got out of bed (no idea why) then did start crying when I read this post, really thought I was loosing my mind. Hopefully it'll lessen as time goes on.
After some testing with the Doctor and as much as I hate to admit it, I basically had a nervous breakdown caused by the stress on my body after the booster was the final straw for my mental health. I realize I have had issues for a while but like any man I boxed that up, kept my head down and moved forward. I've always been aware of looking for the big signs of mental health issues, really wish someone would have told me about the subtle ones that slowly turn into massive issues. This whole covid things is really creating a crap show for mental health.
I got the Moderna booster 2 weeks ago. Got quite sick from it for several days. Since then I have been really depressed and on the verge of crying all the time. Much more tired than usual and having a hard time finding joy in life.
Aww that really sucks, you're not alone! Do you have any tips on passing the time or distracting yourself from feeling depressed?
Thanks for the response. Forcing myself to keep doing the activities that normally bring me joy, like working out, getting outside and seeing friends. Luckily the depression is lifting now
It’s been 2 days since I received my second dose of Pfizer and I feel like I did when I had PPD with my daughter. It’s been a really rough 24 hours emotionally and I’m 100% certain it’s correlated with the vaccine.
Just here to report that after my Moderna booster I (35F) also have been feeling deep fatigue (more than and different than my normal tiredness), and this "well of sadness" or "PMS that shouldn't be there." 5 days later, I'm constantly on the verge of tears even though cognitively I am quite self-aware and I know I wouldn't normally feel this way, and it's not a part of some everyday anxiety or depression.
I also have no special emotional feelings of relief about receiving the booster. It is not "just an emotional response to getting vaccinated/protected" and I find suggestions otherwise kind of patronizing. It is something physical going on that reminds me of PMS but more sudden and apparent. Wishing you all the best and hope that this resolves itself soon!
Thank you so much! You've put those feelings into words so well. Indeed, it's not relief about getting the booster but a PMS-like well of sadness/emotionally extra sensitive, right? I hope you feel better soon!
I suffer from intractable back pain. I, who rarely cries, had an unpleasant event. I cried violently, more than I have ever cried in my life, which had a very bad effect on the back pain. I had zero interest in COVID, only getting the vaccine because I need dental work done. Now I am no longer me -- I am flat -- as though I left myself.
Hey, this happened to me too, for a few days after my 1st Moderna shot, and about a week after my 2nd. It was so strange.
Thank God for reddit. I got 3rd pfizer shot yesterday have been crying and feeling super depressed all day. Thought I was going mad.
Moderna booster here, definitely not alone. Got it on Sunday, yesterday flu-like symptoms and today honestly one of the most uninspired and downright apathetic I've felt in years. Though it's probably just related to a robust immune response. A general feeling of just being.... Down. I wouldn't call it depression so much as a sort of, anhedonia. I just want to lay in bed all day... Which, again, in a biological context, makes brilliant sense: your body is like, dude, stop doing shit, we need to defend! There is most certainly an evolutionary basis for feeling uninspired when you're sick. It prevents you from overworking yourself in a critical time.
This is exactly how I feel! I just had my moderna booster yesterday and I've been feeling very sad and pessimistic today, like out of nowhere, I have been so motivated for the new year and staying busy, but today I can't get myself to do anything more than laying or sitting, I hope it goes away soon! I had similar feelings after my second Moderna shot, but nothing like what I've felt today
Did you recover yet
I did, a day after posting this I was already feeling much better, mood improved drastically and all the other symptoms disappeared, except for a little bit of swelling in the Injection site which is almost gone by now 👍
Yeah, it's totally normal and related to an immune response. It's your body's way of making sure you stay lazy so it can focus on fighting the virus (or in the vaccine case, just building immunity). It went away within a day or two.
How long did it take to recover
few days. just felt shitty the first, and then it got better. Normal, from what I hear.
Oh no, I hope you're feeling OK now! Thank you for sharing. It's good to know I'm not crazy.
You're definitely not crazy. Hopefully, it will be short lived for you!
Did it go away yet
Late on this post but similar experience for me. Just got the 2nd pfizer shot this morning. And no, I’m not crying because I am so relieved and grateful. I’m crying because my boyfriend who I live with is going out with friends for the afternoon. It’s like I’m PMSing but I’m not.
I recall being overly sensitive to everything after the first one as well. No idea why.
Yeah I've had my third shot the crying is nothing to do with relief.
I wonder if it's anything to do with immune system related inflammation. I read The Inflamed Mind by Edward Bullmore a while back and while I can't remember the detail I am pretty sure that the work your immune system does basically produces waste products that make you feel miserable - science people please step in and explain this better / correct me!
I didn’t have this side effect with my first two Pfizer vaccines but I just got a moderna booster 2 days ago and was wondering why I was having these intense bouts of sadness. I took a deep dive into research articles and while I won’t pretend to fully understand it, I believe it has to with proinflammatory cytokines produced as an immune response. There is some research done with other vaccines causing depression through this process so it’s reasonable to presume that a similar process could happen with COVID vaccines. I hope everyone can feel a little less crazy knowing there’s a physiological reason for their sadness.
I had the first Pfizer yesterday around 5pm and this overwhelming feeling of depression hit me, like, an hour ago. It’s 1930 now. Idk what to do with this. It’s not vaccination relief; I was actually not happy to get the vaccine. I trust vaccines and I trust medicine but I do not trust new meds with no long term studies associated with them. I had to get it because I want to work my job as an EMT. I’m a 36yo F. I just feel so so sad and I want to cry but I don’t know why.
Thank you guys for posting, I thought I was going crazy, I have never felt anything like this before…..
Aww I know what you mean! How are you feeling now?
Sorry, I didn’t see this! Ok, so the depression lasted a couple days and I started spotting out of nowhere. It was light but I don’t typically have spotting between periods. I had my second shot the 28th and the same thing happened. Couple days later, spotting and depression. The lady that gave me my second shot asked about any side effects from the first one and I told her and she was like, I haven’t heard of that one yet and I’m like well write it down or something, I want another baby before I can’t have one anymore and now I have concerns about what this has done to my reproductive system.. I never have spotting between periods. Everything is back to normal now. I think. Guess I’ll find out next month
Same only happened on 3rd shot
Wow thank you for this amazing information! It does help knowing there's a real reason for this. Do you have any tips on how to cope with this? If not that's OK. Just knowing I'm not crazy really helps.
You still have it after all this time?
No, I'm OK now, but it was definitely bad at the time
Got both shots and spiraled into a deep deep depression. Feel as though the vaccine overrode my depression medication and had to rework my current cocktail three times. Still not working. Completely lost motivation to care about anything, including myself. Anyone else?
You're not alone! Some others commented feeling the same, losing motivation and falling into depression after the vaccine.
Yes! Finally! With some more med tweaking, I came out of that depression.
Last year after the 1st shot went into horrible depression. Worst depression episodes all rest of the year and very unstable. Not just sad but extreme where I would sit and stare and feel terrified. Had to go through med changes but nothing helped. Just finally have felt normal again in the last month. I thought it must be in my head but now I don't feel so crazy. I have the booster scheduled for tomorrow and not I am scared. I know people say oh the relief of being safe overrides the depression but when you are talking about 10 months of extreme mental health breakdowns and barely able to function it is hard to weigh out.
Ugh that's really tough and intense! I'm getting my booster next week. Let us know if you have any tips on coping.
I googled this because I’m having the same issue. Got my Pfizer booster shot 2 days ago and I feel like I’m PMSing, but worse. I’m nowhere near that time, so I know it’s not that. I just cried for no apparent reason. A very weird and unsettling feeling but I’m sure it will pass!
I am so glad I found this thread. After getting my moderna booster 2 weeks ago I developed severe anxiety and depression that lasted 2 days. It was so scary and I really feel the booster caused it. Especially after seeing those studies that came out last week about the vaccines messing with menstrual cycles, it has to affect your hormones'.
I also arrived here from google, I got the Moderna booster on a whim yesterday (was at the pharmacy anyway) and I started crying and panicking this afternoon. I do struggle with anxiety & mdd, both of which I am medicated for, so usually I don’t panic in public anymore. I initially had the J&J which I had an adverse physical reaction but I can’t exactly say if it caused mental issues bc I hadn’t thought the vaccine could effect that? With the moderna booster I haven’t slept properly, body is very sore/stiff, and crying for seemingly no reason… Just wanted to share for others who may be feeling concerned about this. Thank you
i got my Pfizer booster two days ago and had a terrible headache, low fever, chills, sore armpit lol. most of that is gone by now but I’ve been crying over the smallest things all day, and I feel like I’ve been constantly on the verge of tears since yesterday :/ I’m glad to know I’m not alone though! I wish there was more info about the emotional side effects
Not sure if anyone else is active on here still but I just had my Pfizer booster (all three have been Pfizer) and on day three. I do tend to get the worst reactions to most things, but this is next level. Along with the really bad physical symptoms (can hardly walk my muscles are all so sore/hurt) I have been extremely depressed as well. I also had been doing SO well mental-health wise. I had no idea this could have a link.
I can’t believe some people are saying it’s taking weeks/months to feel better. I’m a hospital worker and immunocompromised, and never didn’t plan on getting vaccinated, but I’m also just really unhappy I didn’t wait, at least currently. It’s a relief I guess to see I’m not alone.
I got them depressed feelings too and 3 months later I'm still feeling it. Literally never felt like this in my entire life!!
I have it from my 3rd shot of Moderna. I can’t emphasise enough that it’s not to do with the relief or trauma around the pandemic. I’ve had covid, and only got my 3rd shot so I could travel. It’s messed with my hormones or something
It happens to many people who get vaccinated regardless of vaccine. Finally being protected and safe from a terrifying global pandemic has a huge emotional impact.
Finally knowing for sure that the pandemic will really be over eventually is a big thing to process. It’s been a difficult couple of years.
It’s not a side effect, more an emotional reaction. Some vaccine centers here in the UK have tissues on hand as many people have cried after receiving their first or second shot of vaccine. After all, it has been a really tough 18 months for everyone (I have often analogized this as being our Third World War), so it’s only natural to feel emotional after completing the vaccine course.
Me too i can’t find anything on it. I just got my second dose of moderna this morning. I feel like I’m suddenly PMSing. I’ve been crying over every little thing. I really don’t care about the second dose - I’m not crying about the relief. I’ve been crying because my boyfriend and my son have been annoying the literal shit out of me (nothing new here). I feel extremely irritable and teary. Out of nowhere. Im not PMSing either. My period doesn’t come for another 3 weeks. I rarely cry, too. I have my emotions pretty under control compared to today.
Aww yeah the shot definitely has this effect! I can relate for sure, and my sister also went through the same emotional crying and irritable at everything after getting her shot.
Oh gosh, this scares me as I've been working my butt off the last few months working through my depression and emotional struggles. I'm hoping this is only a temporary symptom? Do you guys think your moods are back to normal now?
Me too! I had just had the best week ever and felt like I had gotten over a major hump with my depression and emotional issues. Got my booster yesterday and feel like I am back where I started. Feel so down on the dumps, emotional, irritable. Hoping it is just a side effect because I was feeling so good about my progress!
Oh no! That sucks :(. Did you feel that way after getting the 1st and second shot of the vaccine as well? Also, are you feeling any better?
Definitely temporary! Congratulations on your progress, for sure you'll bounce right back to normal quickly!
Omg thank you so much for your reply and your kind words! That definitely makes me feel better about it. Take care :)
How long did it take for you to return to normal?
I am not a cryer whatsoever and yesterday I got my 2nd dose of the Pfizer vaccine and this morning I cried 2 times because I thought I was ugly and 1 time because I missed my dog. And then in the late afternoon I cried once because I thought I was ugly again and then another time because my laundry was stressing me out LMFAO. Idk what’s wrong with me I never cry and I’m never like that. I think it’s because when people r sick they’re immune systems are working a lot so they’re stressed. I’ve noticed that whenever I am sick I get irritable and moody so I think that’s why because of the vaccines side effects. I definitely did not cry because I was grateful and happy because I got vaccinated like the other commenters lol all the cries I had today was because I was sad lmao.
This made me laugh, and so relatable! Stupid laundry!
Aww thank you for sharing! I can relate, it's not a happy cry, it's a sad, moody cry and suddenly the tiniest things can set it off. Take care and feel better soon!
I got my Moderna booster shot yesterday and today I just cried uncontrollably over nothing and I never cry (as in my sister asks me at funerals how I can stay so calm). I am also irritable like I am with bad PMS. No, I am not emotionally relieved about the shot or what it means. Just thought I’d share my experience so that other people who have a similar response know they’re not crazy.
Same here. I had to post my experience too. Not pms'ing nor am I emotionally relieved. Just overwhelming feeling of sadness. I'm not even thinking of anything. I just start crying. I got my booster of moderna on Friday and I had absolutely no symptoms with the first 2… not even arm soreness. But this depression hit me hard.
Got my Moderna booster 3 days ago. Was pretty sick (tired, fever) for the first two days and now am so emotional--this is the only place I could find mention of emotional lability, and it's definitely real. Also have a swollen gland under my arm that is at least golf ball size, but I'm thinking that will pass too in a couple of days.
Same. Just got booster jabbed today and can't stop sobbing. Nothing in my "real life" or emotional history warrants such tears! Not sad just super sensitive and everything triggers tears. I'm sure it will pass but wow.
Has this passed yet? If so how long did it take?
Thank you so much for sharing. I agree people always assume it's because we're emotionally relieved about the shot, but it's actually more like bad PMS irritability and crying!
I got the vaccine a few months ago. I've been feeling anxious, moody, and irritable with random bouts of sadness since then. I thought it would've subsided by now. I'm normally not an emotional person. Seems many of us are experiencing this. I've read other threads on here where people stated they started getting anger issues. Not saying I regret getting it, but these are strange side effects.
Thank you for posting this. I got my booster of moderna on Friday and I just have this feeling of overwhelming sadness. I had absolutely no symptoms for the first 2...not even arm soreness. But this booster really affected me mentally. I cried for no reason throughout the weekend and still even today. I'm not even thinking about anything. Outta nowhere I just get a feeling of sadness and my eyes get all hot and I start crying. I talked to my coworkers (I work in healthcare so they got their 3rd too) and until I had mentioned it, they didn't realize they were experiencing the same thing. They all thought it was pms or something. One coworker had anger and she couldn't figure out why. We even chalked it up to the time change. But nope seems like you experienced it too...can't blame it on the time change or weather or anything. Thank you for putting this out there. Seems like they should really look into this as a side effect and not just a woman pms'ing. I'm just worried this is going to last a while. COVID positive people can have depression and memory fog as it can affect the brain. I hope the vaccine doesn't affect mine. I hate this feeling.
How are you feeling now that it's been a month? Been experiencing this too but it doesn't seem to be going away. :/
Ugh I hear you, that's tough. I know what you mean about crying for no reason. Thank you for sharing your experience!
Ended up here from googling Moderna booster and depression. Thank you so much for posting this! Now at least I know I’m not going crazy. It’s been 12 days since my booster and I’ve really noticed the crying and general sadness. Was sick for the first 7 days, and the crying/sadness is the only symptom left.
You're not alone! Thank you for sharing!
Got my 2nd dose of Pfizer yesterday morning. I’ve been crying on and off since last night. I also have the worst headache and my joints hurt like hell. I’m very grateful that I got vaccinated but I’m so exhausted right now. Thanks for sharing your experience; I didn’t really know what was going on with me lol.
Hey, just got my moderna booster today. I cried after each dose. Nothing was wrong with me at any time life was good, work was fine, etc. I also had no emotional attachment to the vaccine at all just wanted to hurry and get it done. I started crying uncontrollably right now after my husband told me goodnight and I have no idea how the hell that set me off. But just also letting people who think they are crazy know, that you are not. Just cry and let it out I guess lmao
Thank you for your great advice and sharing your experience! I totally relate to your story of just having no idea why I was suddenly crying!
Got the shot . And now I have severe depression. Not sure if it’s related ...
My periods were thrown off too. Had sooo many tests done . Horrible brain fog . I feel mentally slowed you . There are other responses on
Anxiety post covid shot . I don’t wish depression on anyone ... I was an active person.. positive always looking at the bright side .. and now the highlight of my day is going to sleep so I can escape this shit life I now have. My life got ruined after getting vaccinated . It just did.
Did this ever get better?
I replied above to if you want to know details but same. Finally came out of it and now realized it hit me both times really bad three weeks after each shot.
I'm so sorry. The same thing happened to me. My last shot was in May of last year. I was happy. I've been depressed and anxious since and it's been 9 months. I cry every day. Never been like this
Yeah... right after I got the first shot, I came home and cried. I meditate a lot and I was to the point where I could actually feel my body disappear during meditations, like a super blissful trance state kind of feeling. Right after the shot, I couldn't think. Couldn't meditate, form a cohesive thought, couldn't connect. One day when I was trying again to meditate I got really still and just tried to feel my body, really sense everything, and the only way to describe the feeling is like a metal vibration- like I was standing next to some kind of heavy machinery. I have no idea what that was. I seemed to be okay but after the second shot, I started crying every day. It took about a month for the brain fog to end and I started being able to meditate again but never to the depth that it once was. It's like it disconnected a part of me that was engaging in the meditations. The sadness I still feel is like a deep wound, a deep pain inside of me that doesn't go away, though I've had some pretty bad things happen they don't warrant that type of emotion. I still have racing thoughts and anxiety at the same time every day. Certain that a lot of it is hormones for sure, but I feel like I lost a huge part of myself and making it a point to try to be good to myself every day. No proving whatsoever that it was the vaccine of course, but I've always had weird feelings about vaccines before this even started, so maybe it was my intuition's way of warning me. Maybe it wasn't the vaccine. I just know I was completely fine before this, doing amazingly well actually- no depression or anxiety. It's tough to even get out of bed some days.
Yeah you can DM me. That vibration feeling I’ve tried to describe and you legit described it just right ...
The sadness doesn’t go away ..
I also used to meditate to deep profound thoughts and now I just feel
Like there’s nothing . It sounds like you have depression too.
The vibration was the clue for me that something was really not right. It was a fast, anxious, metal vibration, like I was being zapped by some kind of ray gun LOL that's actually the closest I can come to describing it. Kind of like how fluorescent lights buzz, exactly like that, but metal. Definitely have depression, granted I am 50 years old so that part is most likely perimenopause, and hormonal, but thank you for sharing your story. I'm really sorry this happened to you. ((Hug))
I’m 30. And same I thought hormones had something to do with it . Try natural ways to deal with the depression don’t do meds . I’m on meds and my life is unbearable at times.
I hope you feel better .
I'm so sorry. I hope you feel better too. Yes, I'm taking St John's wort, it helps a bit as well as long walks and exercise (that helps immensely!) Yes I would be afraid to take meds, though I would try them if they helped and I think they do help some people. Some people don't take so well to them. xo
Take care. I hope you feel better.
I literally thought I was alone. I got my 2nd dose 5 days ago and I’ve been extremely irritable, tired, sad, my depression is kicking my ass and I feel absolutely worthless.
It has to be a chemical reaction with what ever chemical brain changes are already happening.
At least now I don’t feel like I’m an idiot about this and believe that depression of any degree is a reaction to the vaccine.
You're not alone! I relate to everything you said, it was really weird! As you can see so many here are feeling the same thing! Take extra gentle care of yourself!
Here from literally googling something on the lines of “vaccine booster side effects crying emotional”, haven’t found any actual info about it but I’ve been extremely emotional after every shot, got my booster (3rd shot total) today. Saw that even though you posted this awhile back, you’re still active on this thread so I just wanted to say I appreciate you sharing your feedback and seeing others here having similar side effects. I’m very happy to get the vaccine but what I’m feeling isn’t an emotional response towards the vaccine itself, it truly feels like a side effect like PMS.
PS- I also just wanted to add that I am absolutely still pro-vaccines and extremely grateful they exist and will continue getting them as needed. This is not a complaint whatsoever, it’s just nice being related to about something I haven’t been hearing about.
Yeah it's crap you have to go to reddit nothing about it on any other site
Omg. I feel you. I also got my booster yesterday evening and I woke up SUPER argumentative and viciously PMSy. I’m usually a pretty non confrontational type but last night I engaged my first fight with a rando online while playing an online game and today my day started off with a random argument with my dad simply because he didn’t ask how I was feeling and woke me up with a favour. I’ve never been so fight ready in my life so I’ve been isolating myself in my room. Irritability, anxious, and also just not good company today. I really think the shot has something to do with it because even my parents were like w t F lol where is this coming from
Yay group hug!
Did the depression ever go away?
Yes it went away eventually
I just got the Moderna booster today, and afterward, I received my final grade in one of my classes, and it wasn't what I wanted it to be. I started to cry because of it even tho I was in a store and don't usually cry about it. Then later, I was trying to make plans for my boyfriend and friends to go see a movie in the next week, and things aren't working out, and I've been emotional about that all evening. I feel like I'm PMSing. It's good to know that I'm not crazy and that other people are feeling the same way.
I can really relate to the unusual crying and feeling emotional/PMS! I'm getting my booster soon and anticipating the emotional effects! Thank you for sharing!
Oh God it's so frustrating how little knowledge there is about this out there. Things to try: cold water exposure - 1m cold shower every day.
High intensity exercise. 40s on 20s off.
I have always suffered with some anxiety and depression but since having the moderns jabs; I've gone bat shit crazy... the day after I experienced bad palpitations. I'm now riddled with severe depression and anxiety. As well as intrusive thoughts. No information on this apart from other people's experiences here on Reddit.
I had my 3rd vaccine shot yesterday. I’m sitting here weeping with no logical reason.
My first 2 were Pfizer and on the second dose my glands swelled up so big on the injection side I lost my armpit and side boob for about 3-4 weeks. Not emotional just sore and apparently all normal. However my menstrual cycle got messed up and very painful when she did arrive- never usually late or in much pain.
Had my 3rd shot of Moderna yesterday morning and I’m dizzy, wide awake but exhausted, arm and lower back pain and literally cannot stop weeping. Not on any other medication and good at managing my emotions and mental health.
I have no desire to do anything. I don’t want to see anyone and I’m just miserable. I hope this doesn’t last long cos I’m down AF!! Stay strong people. Thank goodness I found this thread.
Hey thanks for checking ☺️ Only this week have I felt better and got more go so hope it continues. Did you have anything similar?
yeah i finally recovered too thanks.
Yep, day after my Moderna booster and im slammed with dysphoria and depression. Total lost of interest in ANYTHING. This afternoon I turned on a comfort movie and closed my eyes and just listened to it until I fell asleep. I could even be bothered to watch it.
It's probably from the inflammatory process. Hoping it will resolve in a day or two. Will check back in.
How are you feeling now? I hope you got a lot of sleep and feel better soon.
I feel 100% better! Took about a month tops before I was totally back to normal. Hang tight y'all!
It happened to me after receiving my 2nd shot of Moderna, and now it's happening again after receiving the booster shot. I am not an anti-vaxxer and I wasn't affected by the pandemic emotionally (nobody in family died, I like staying at home, etc). So it wasn't like a "cathartic moment" where I felt relieved or anything like that. In both cases, I became extremely emotional within a few hours, more than usual. Like a deep well of sadness has opened up in me (for no apparent reason) and I couldn't stop crying. Now it's my 2nd day after getting the booster and it's still ongoing. As soon as I woke up, I started crying, and I keep bursting in tears randomly. I don't feel like myself, I don't want to do anything, it seems like nothing matters. I feel like the vaccine could be temporarily messing up with my hormones, because I have no other explanation :(
Thank you for sharing! Your great description is going to help others to feel less alone. I know what you mean, I felt the same hormonal random crying. I hope you feel more like yourself soon.
I'm glad i'm not alone. Thank you all for sharing. I got the second vaccine yesterday and have been crying non stop today. I broke up with my bf yesterday and its making things so much harder. I have not spoken a word to anyone today and feel incredibly lonely and isolated. i hope i feel better tomorrow. i hope you guys do too. <3
You are not alone. My bf and I broke up recently too. It sucks but we will get through it. Sending love
just jumping in here a bit late to say -- just got my Moderna booster and CRYING 2 days later. Feel very emotional/hormonal. Definitely not anything to do with relief or emotional feeling of being vaccinated.
Wow this thread was a relief to find. Yes I’ve just had this sadness hanging onto me lately that I cannot shake. Exercise isn’t helping. Friends help for a moment but then the second I leave them it’s back. This is not typical for me. ALSO weight gain and difficulty losing weight is something I’ve been experiencing. Usually I can lose Christmas weight quickly and not on an extreme cut. I’m cutting way more than normal and it’s still not coming off. Something definitely hormonal going on. I got the second Pfizer Jan 3 so I’m hoping in another month this will be over. I’m really not happy with this and feel like I’ve betrayed my body. Thank you for posting this thread. If anyone has more to share on their experience of when it got better please do share.
Omg! I thought I was going crazy. I’m so glad I came across this thread as I can’t find any information or references online.
Got my Pfizer booster yesterday and today I’m an emotional mess. My first two Pfizer shots were fine, just a sore arm at the injection site. Thought my booster was going to be the same yet here I am, 24hrs after my booster, I can’t stop crying and I don’t know why.
I don’t believe it’s an emotional response in regards to being vaccinated. I live in Australia and apart from our bungled vaccine rollout initially, we’ve managed to handle the COVID outbreak pretty well.
Hoping it passes soon coz this feels lousy
Thank you for sharing from Australia! Sorry to hear you're feeling emotional! I also felt like I was going crazy, my friend and I both couldn't stop crying for no reason. Hope you feel better soon!
Both shots made me really emotional hours after. Just got a booster done today and apparently the same side effects happen but worse. I’ve been having a pretty difficult few weeks in general so it’ll be interesting to see how the emotions pan out.
Re-bumping thread. I can’t read every post now but did a bunch. 4 th shot a week ago (2nd booster. Before all were Pfizer, this moderna). I’m a “mess”. Severe. Worse than my normal mess. I think i had this the other night too (not as severe but severe) but its 24 hrs now. Was prev very sick 1st 2 days, like i am with all vax (takes weeks to recover) . Still nightsweats & extreme fatigue re non-psych symptoms. That’s all I can write at the moment. Ps i have therapists & dh knows.
I got my 2nd booster and felt great for a few hours now I have a headache and I never get headaches accompanied with unusual depression. All today. So I say yes. I'm glad to see your question here. I am not alone. Neither are you.
I'm soo comforted that my Google search "depression after booster" brought me to this sub. Other people are going thru this and this is validating. Someone on here wrote thank God for reddit. I agree!
I had the Pfizer vaccine on Thursday 2nd December 2021. Reluctantly, yes, as if I didn’t get it I would have lost my job. I’m not anti-vax, just wish I wasn’t backed into a corner.
The initial period after the vaccine seemed fine. I was relieved. It wasn’t until the Saturday night (4th December) that I started to experience severe depression. Out of the blue, I just turned. I felt better the next day, but Monday morning was a different story. I woke up feeling like I was drunk with severe vertigo. I started to have a full panic attack as my heart was racing out of my chest, my head spinning, feeling like I was going to throw up - I have suffered from depression and anxiety before but never vertigo. It was terrifying. For the next couple of weeks I was irritable every day, getting frustrated at small things and generally just PMS’ing. Come the week of Christmas and I experienced nausea, dizziness and vomiting randomly, the next day I awoke with anxiety and Christmas Eve I had an episode of derealisation that has unravelled me for the last 5 months of my life. From 26th to 31st December I spent crying. Since then I’ve been on 2 different antidepressants, I’ve started seeing a therapist and completely feel withdrawn from life.
I 100% believe this vaccine did this to me. I was so happy with myself and my life prior to being jabbed. I can only express the pain and anxiety I have experienced since Christmas, and it’s something I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. Stay informed.
I am still upset after my vaccination because I feel like I've done something that goes against my instincts.