For every music fan, there tends to be a grieving process that follows seeing your favorite artist or band live. This is often referred to as “post-concert depression,” but what is this syndrome? Is it real?
Though it is not an actual medical condition, you can be diagnosed with PCD if you show any of these symptoms after attending an epic concert: an addiction to listening to the artist’s music, endless scrolling through photos and videos you took, describing your experience to anyone who will listen, and aimlessly searching for concert dates so that you can experience it all again.
Post Concert Depression occurs in stages that are very similar to the stages of grief. It starts off with denial: this is usually first experienced as soon as the performer disappears off the stage. You don’t want to believe it is over, so you stand there in shock until the crowd pushes you out of the venue. The feeling continues until you are home, and you realize that the concert you have been looking forward to for months came and went. You don’t want to accept this, so you watch and rewatch all of the videos that you took and check to see if there are any better ones online.
The following stage is anger; this angst does not only affect you, but also the people around you. After the initial excitement of listening to you retell the euphoric experience of seeing your favorite artist perform, your friends will get tired of your incessant rants about who is a true fan and the constant reminder that you saw them live and everyone else didn’t. You will also get tired of people constantly asking you “how it went,” because you know that there are no words to describe how you felt watching your idol perform live.
The next stage is bargaining, in which you search and search for future concert tickets that are near you. Whether the concert is in a nearby city or in the next state, you beg your parents to agree to buy you these outrageously priced tickets. This stage usually blows over when you realize that your efforts will be fruitless, and that there’s no way you are going to find the finances to fly to another state and see a concert there.
The fourth stage is depression, in which there are two types: one is dominated by regret, and the other is dominated by longing. In the first one, your mind will be plagued with “should haves.” You might regret filming the whole concert and experiencing it through your phone screen, or not buying the merchandise that was being sold there. In the second one, you will ache for the adrenaline and the high you felt the night of the concert. Motivation fades away as you resume your boring life with no concert to look forward to, and you feel as though all purpose is lost. This stage is one of the longer ones, and sometimes lasts until you have something else to look forward to.
The final stage is acceptance. At this point, you will accept the fact that although the experience may never be repeated, you were lucky enough to have been there in the first place. You will look back on it and smile. Life goes on, as it always does.