SHINee, GOT7, BTS, EXO, KARD, G DRAGON, DEAN … the list goes on and on. All of these artists had or will have some kind of tour in 2017, and that is why it is so, so important to know how to handle a common tour illness: Post-Concert Depression.
Post-Concert Depression (hereafter known as “PCD”) can be a tricky subject to talk about, partly because some people simply do not believe it exists, and partly because not everyone who goes to a concert will experience PCD. Those who do end up with the aforementioned blues, though, are well aware of the psychological turmoil it can cause. While there has never been a clearly defined or scientifically proven cause of PCD the best guess is probably that it is natural to feel sad or overwhelmed after a rush of exciting emotions. At a concert fans propel and encourage everyone around them to be as excited and happy as humanly possible. These strong emotions can last anywhere from an hour to three hours and often continue on after the main event is over, fizzling out only when sleep overcomes an exhausted body.
In order to help readers get a better understanding of what it feels like to battle with PCD, I put out a call to the MACG community through our Twitter and Facebook. The feedback was overwhelming as fan after fan stepped forward to share their stories. Here are just a few snippets of what we received (all identities have been shortened for privacy reasons):
“We build up a relationship with them, which ultimately culminates when you see them live. It feels like you’ve been waiting for an eternity to meet them, breathe the same air, smile at them, see them smile at you or wave or whatever. Those moments bring you so high that the only way to go when they leave is crashing back down to reality. Concerts are short-term. Hours. But we spent four or five months anticipating it — only for it to be over in a blink of an eye. I’ve never experienced anything like it before, and I don’t know that there is a cure or method to circumvent it. I just know that it takes time to get back to how you felt before, and it’s strange feeling this attached to an artist.”
—Jackie B, Facebook
“… so when I finally obtained those tickets for my best friend and I, it felt like the world. It was also my b-day gift to her, hence it had a much more personal meaning. And then here I am wishing I could live that every day with her because she lives far away from me and we don’t get to see each other as often … so that’s like a double PCD.”
—Isabelle G, Facebook
“Being around people who share your passion for the artist, hearing songs you’ve heard too many times to count live — it’s an adrenaline rush and you don’t want it to go away. There is a lot of excitement that comes with going to a concert and it sucks when it’s over and you go back to normal. You have that period of a few days where things seem boring, and for some it might cause them to become depressed. I know I’ve definitely had times where after a concert everything just seems so plain and boring, so you just don’t feel like doing anything.”
–Christopher R, Twitter
As seen through responses, the overall cycle of emotions seems very similar, beginning with anticipation, rolling through excitement, and then ending in longing and sadness. It’s crushing to realize that once that moment is over, it’s over for good, and you will never be able to recreate it or get it back.
“You feel like crying every time you think about the memories you made, you have to try to keep your mind off it for awhile.”
–Jessica L, Facebook
It can also be seen, though, that if you ever do feel depressed after a concert, you certainly are not alone. Many people like to tell avid fans that their emotions are ridiculous or that it’s too much fuss to get worked up about one group, but please remember that it’s natural to feel passionate about music and artists. Passionate fans often help fuel an artist’s success, so please keep in mind that if you are experiencing PCD the day after a concert, there are probably hundreds of other fans going through the exact same thing.
“Since then I have seen on Twitter about others feeling the same. I am in a group chat, and from time to time we talk about how we are all still down about it. “
“I think part of the reason people get depressed after a concert is because they know it is over and won’t happen again (at least until the next one), so being able to talk about it with others who have seen it or watch clips of it helps to extend the experience, allowing you to reach that point where you focus on what was good about the whole thing and not wallow in the fact that it’s done.”
–Christopher R, Twitter
Don’t ever be afraid to reach out to people or other fans on the Internet for help! Fans, especially K-pop fans, are often a lot friendlier than you may think and often have fantastic advice to offer first-timers!
Veering away from fan experiences, however, here are some fantastic — albeit general — forms of aftercare when dealing with Post-Concert Depression:
- Distractions. Whether it’s sleep, jogging, cooking, eating or reading a book. Distractions are a great way to keep your mind off the concert.
- Talking. Sometimes the best way to confront your emotions is to talk about them. If you’re too nervous to talk to someone else, find a quiet place where you can be alone and talk it out with yourself!
- Crying. In all seriousness, sometimes it’s just best to let the tears flow. Remember that it is okay to feel upset and that your emotions are valid.
Hopefully, everyone will still have a great time at all of the upcoming concerts and conventions! If you have any methods for dealing with Post-Concert Depression or have a story you would like to share, be sure to put it in the comment section down below!
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