Scientifically, can we speak of a “post-World Cup depression”?

The curtain fell on the very exceptional edition of the World Cup in Qatar, which held millions of football fans in suspense through a lot of contrasting emotions and which, at the end of the competition, gave way and gives way to an “emotional vacuum” forcing football fans to reconnect with a routine devoid of moments of competition, interaction and footballing excitement.

At the end of each match and for a whole month full of pleasure, suspense and enthusiasm, large sections of the football-loving public struggle to find a stable rhythm in their daily lives, following the immense surge of mixed feelings between overflowing joy and frustrating disappointment throughout the Qatari World Cup.

This great interaction with the historic atmosphere of the Qatar 2022 World Cup, particularly in terms of organization and results, has caused some psychiatrists and social media pioneers to react, on the exposure of fans to nostalgia or ” trauma “ emerging at the end of this global football celebration, while some have even gone so far as to call this psychological state a ” depression post-World Cup.

In this regard, the psychiatrist Imane Rouhli nuanced that depression is an illness and a psychological state more than a simple feeling of anxiety, which can in no way be linked to the emotions and feelings that accompany a football match, regardless of its intensity.

It also considered that it is not possible to consider a “post-World Cup depression” as a disease in itself, like the “postpartum depression” (which occurs after childbirth) and “geriatric depression” (depression in the elderly), explaining that depression is a disease that is characterized by several biological, behavioral and hereditary factors that require a precise diagnosis of its symptoms and appropriate treatment according to each case.

“There is no benchmark scientific research, field studies, or reliable statistics to prove that the sports public has suffered or will suffer from “post-World Cup depression”, insisted the psychiatrist, noting that he “there are only press articles and lives on social networks that deal with the possibility of psychological frustration that can reach depression”.

The specialist also informed that there is no direct causal relationship between victory or defeat in World Cup matches and depression.

“The term + post-World Cup depression + is not a scientific term”, she hammered, adding that the interaction with the progress of this sporting event can be part of the psychological discharge of daily tensions”, allowing to get rid of a charge of negative energies in the stands of the stadiums or in front of the television screens.

According to the psychiatrist, the expression of feelings of joy or disappointment after a match is always instantaneous and is in no way a psychological state that lasts over time.

The broad public following the stages of the World Cup should control their reactions and be wary of excessive laments and desolation due to the end of this great footballing event, Rouhli warned, stressing that the focus should instead be on a serene return to reality.

“At the end of this key event on the world football agenda, it is necessary to turn to other interests and find useful and enjoyable hobbies and activities, with the aim of mitigating the pressures and to revitalize their daily life, by setting new objectives”,she concluded.

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