Super Bowl and sports fan depression: How to cope when your team loses, according to mental health experts
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You win some, you lose some — and the Super Bowl every year is no exception.
As the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers went head-to-head in Super Bowl LVIII on Sunday night, fans were headed either for a victory dance or a major let-down.
So what happens when your team loses? Experts say it could lead to sports fan depression.
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Although not clinically recognized as a medical condition, sports fan depression is a "very real experience for avid sports fans," said licensed professional counselor Jill Lamar, who is based in Pennsylvania.
"Sports fan depression occurs when your team or favorite player loses to the competition," she told Fox News Digital.
A Chiefs fan (left) and a 49ers fan react to plays in previous games. (Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images; Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
"For those who are overly invested in the outcome of sporting events — especially something as titanic as the Super Bowl — their emotional attachment to their hometown or favorite team can get in the way of their happiness and mental health."
Lamar, who provides counseling services at Thriveworks in Philadelphia, noted that sports fan depression can leave people with feelings of sadness, frustration, numbness and lack of interest in activities they previously enjoyed.
These emotions can last for two weeks or more after the game ends, she said.
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"You may be distracted at work or withdraw socially, especially now that the season that brought you together with your