It is not rare for people to experience emotional outbursts after seeing a really captivating movie. Whatever it is termed to be, post-movie depression is actually an experience, a period, a feeling and a new identity. Being stuck with the pictures and the warmth of the characters has a way of making you want more out of the movie. This strong feeling does come with an attachment, and because of this, people who become depressed after watching a movie understand the following things.
1. They want to see the world from a different perspective.
Movies have a way of taking the viewer away from their present state and floating them someplace else. They want to be able to find the world from another perspective and nurture this feeling beyond simply watching a movie.
2. They understand that they are different.
Trying to connect the dots and being in tune with their emotions is a personal thing. They can’t easily relate this with others, because they are different and unique in a way. It just exposes how sensitive they can be and how deeply affected they are by the pictures they see.
3. They want to repeat the process over again.
The depression holds them and captures them. What is inviting and appealing is either to see the movie again or continue the process. There is always an end to every picture, but they often wish more and more scenes would keep appearing after the credits roll.
4. They want to be live out the movie.
This could sound figurative in a sense, but it’s just because they want to experience more of the movie. They download the soundtrack, they Google the title and read about the actors, they buy fan t-shirts, and they master the lines and idiosyncrasies of the characters. They simply want to live out the movie and recreate the experience.
5. They are exposed.
Their emotions and expectations are revealed. For some, it can lead to disappointment, disgust or misunderstanding. They are depressed because they expect more out of reality, which they found in the movie, so now that it’s over, they feel deep disdain and displeasure.
6. They feel unfulfilled.
They believe they can become better or can get more out of life. They actually want more out of the world that surrounds them and thus, they yearn for more.
7. They feel alone.
They believe that they are alone in dealing with their emotions. They can’t answer many questions at the moment, and perhaps they are even angry with themselves for feeling the way they are feeling. However bad or good or exciting, they are left puzzled and bewildered at the sudden reaction they feel.
8. They want to reach out.
If only people could cuddle with them and offer them an explanation or try to reach out to them. If only they could be seen not as feeble but as strong for being so loving and expectant. If only someone could understand. Yes they want to reach out and find someone who could understand and help them find answers.
9. Their feelings are broken.
Many could cite how their feelings and emotions were bruised. While some may see depression as a hyperbole, it is important to understand that every person who watches a movie and is depressed after suddenly has a psychological twist attached to their story.
10. They have their own journeys.
Yes, this depression offers them an experience—a journey to be stronger and to see their selves in a different way. They pass through a period and a phase or a stage. They do recover and they are able to channel their thoughts into something else. They can be happy again when they see another movie and could be captured by it. It is all a sequential thing. They won’t get stuck; they simply appreciate the journey every movie they are captivated by puts them through.
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