Rough football season can make Vol fans feel symptoms of depression

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Tennessee's coaching search has caused some serious woes for Vol fans.

Where as sports usually provide an escape for fans, a troubling season and unstable coaching environment has caused some stress. Psychologist Leticia Flores told Local 8 News, she has definitely tied symptoms of depression with sports.

"I think sports brings out a whole range of emotions for people. So when your team is doing great, you're on top of the world, you're ecstatic," she said. "When your team is doing poorly, or you lose an important game, I definitely think people get into a funk."

She explained, football in Tennessee is more of a community than a sport, so when fans and administration started going head-to-head, it likely caused sadness or instability for fans.

"When we're seeing people disagreeing about something that has historically and traditionally brought us together, it's like a family fight," she explained.

Brian Waters, a UT alum, always considered himself a Vol fan. This year, he lost interest.

"It went from where the Vols were kind of that escape on the weekend to, 'I'm going to take matters into my own hands and maybe go on and travel for the weekend or get out,'" Waters explained. "I've definitely missed more games this year easily than I have in the past 10 -15 years combined probably. "

That was exactly what Flores recommended for fans experiencing symptoms of depression. She said to step back from the TV or stadium and find something else to distract you.

Flores suggested, if you experience a change in eating or sleeping habits, social isolation and having a hard time finding joy of an extended amount of time, you should see a health professional.



 
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