Do you feel as if you have survived the past year, but barely? I mean, how did we get through it? Family, friends, our own self-will, for sure. But, there’s no question that a good book or streaming services like Netflix helped us get through the last year as well. What would we have done with all those shows to watch and characters to care about?

But what happens when you finish binge-ing a series you really loved, or, you've finished a really good book? Do you get a little sad that it’s over? For a TV series, how about when you loved a season of a show and were anxiously awaiting the next season, only to find out the show hasn't produced one yet, or worse, it has been canceled?

Ah-ha, then you could be suffering from PSD! Yes, there is a name for your sudden depression/saddness and it's called PSD (Post-Series Depression). It’s defined as “the sadness felt after reading or watching a really long series or story.

Here's what the Urban Dictionary website says about it:

"It is the longing for the words on the pages to move for you like they did the first time you read them. When you didn't know what the next paragraph held and the world in which the characters found themselves was entirely without limit. Because any time you re-read the story, you know that they aren't free to roam anywhere like they were before. They are stuck in a cart on a track and all you can hope for is to notice something about the scene you didn't before, and to just try to relive those feelings you had the first time around.

But it will never be quite the same.

This can apply to any series; be it a book series, TV series, an anime, comic, or even movie. The effects can also be felt after completing a stand alone piece that is not necessarily part of a series, although this isn't as common as PSD derives from the attachment one has to the story's characters."

Don't be too sad. It will fade in a few days and your life will move on.....to the next book or series. Oops! Maybe it will start all over again? Dang!

 

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