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What causes the lacrimal glands to secrete tears when we experience physical or mental pain?

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Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
Pain Management
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In brief: Tears

This is a normal physiological process and is based on connections in the brain and the pain and emotion areas of the brain.
Tears is only one of the responses that appear.

In brief: Tears

This is a normal physiological process and is based on connections in the brain and the pain and emotion areas of the brain.
Tears is only one of the responses that appear.
Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology

In brief: General reflex

The tear production is connected to the nervous system portions that register pain and when mental anguish and physical pain is experienced, there is generalized activation of this system. This includes the tear production system so tear overflow is commonly experienced in these circumstances.

In brief: General reflex

The tear production is connected to the nervous system portions that register pain and when mental anguish and physical pain is experienced, there is generalized activation of this system. This includes the tear production system so tear overflow is commonly experienced in these circumstances.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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