Since fans of the Packers, Broncos, Texans and Seahawks are probably pretty bummed out today after their teams lost in the NFL playoffs over the weekend, this post might be very useful for employee assistance professionals and other counselors who count sports fanatics among their clients.
Sports can generate a high rush of adrenalin, especially when your favorite team is playing a long-awaited game. For many sports fans, the adrenalin rush can span through the course of many days prior to the big game and then, leave a feeling of depression or melancholy when the game is over. This is commonly referred to as “sports depression”, or atypical depression.
If, after experiencing a favorite sporting event, the individual feels a sense of depression or melancholy, this is quite normal. In fact, expressing sadness through anger, crying, and even disinterest in activities is quite common in the day or two after the sporting event.
For men, in particular, the onset of sports-related depression may suddenly turn to feelings of anger and this can lead to poor outcomes in your interpersonal relationships – even affecting the ability to work or socialize normally.
If the sports depression does not seem to recover following a few days after the game, mental health services may be needed. In most cases, short-term counseling with a therapist – such as an EA professional — is effective as is the use of rest, sleep, exercise and improved diet.