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Avid TV watchers must learn to deal with Post Series Depression

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Beloved Shows - Science teacher Nekiba Mayes created a shrine to past TV shows tha tshe enjoyed. She wanted a constant reminder of the joy they brought her as she watched them.

Beloved Shows - Science teacher Nekiba Mayes created a shrine to past TV shows tha tshe enjoyed. She wanted a constant reminder of the joy they brought her as she watched them.

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Beloved Shows - Science teacher Nekiba Mayes created a shrine to past TV shows tha tshe enjoyed. She wanted a constant reminder of the joy they brought her as she watched them.

by Ansley Mbah, Staff Writer

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The saying, “All good things must come to an end,” rings true for television fanatics, as many become severely disappointed when beloved television shows end.

The popular cartoon “Regular Show” was recently discontinued and it’s end left many fans at with intense feelings of nostalgia. Regular Show initially aired in 2010 and provided fans with entertainment until January 16, 2017.

“When Regular Show ended I was a bit disappointed,’’ sophomore Reglice Ngwang said. “I thought, ‘well now I’ll have to find something else to look forward to on Thursdays.’’’

Post Series Depression (PSD) is the widely-accepted but non-clinical term for feeling upset after finishing a series. Even though the name suggests that this predicament is in some way linked to clinical depression, it is important to note that PSD is a condition completely separate from medical depression.

At some point in our lives we will likely experience the displeasure associated with the end of our favorite TV series. Though this feeling may be overpowering when a show first ends, there are multiple ways to cope with it.

Take a Break
Going on a self-imposed television hiatus is an effective way to deal with PSD. Try to focus on participating in other pastimes. Activities such as playing video games, taking a walk, or cooking your favorite meal are excellent examples of ways you can distract yourself from PSD.

“I usually focus on another aspect of my life besides TV when a show ends,’’science teacher Nekiba Mayes said, “For example music or being a teacher.’’

Revisit Another Show
Revisiting a previous show is another viable coping mechanism. Often when a show ends all of the seasons are made available for purchase, and watching reruns of the show you just finished could help you get over your PSD.

“If “Scandal” were to end I would watch the reruns to help get over it,” administrator Brenda Carter said.

Speak Your Mind
Venting cout your woes online has also proved to be effective. The empty feeling you experience after  finishing a terrific show could be cured  by sharing your thoughts with others. It might help to make a post or a blog outlining your opinions on the show’s wrap-up. Online posts can spark an engaging conversation with others about the show. Sharing the loss with other people could make you feel better.

“When The Brady Bunch ended, ranting about how much the show meant to me to someone else made me feel much better,’’ Carter said.

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