He missed no opportunity of going wild this party season. But now that it’s all over and 28-year-old sales executive Rohit Khanna is back from his two-week vacation in Goa, he is finding it hard to get back to his normal routine. And he’s had to seek help professional help.
City psychiatrists and clinical psychologists report a large number of young people approaching them to get out of a post-party depression, now that the New Year festivities are over.
“I have to drag myself out of bed every morning. I don’t feel like working and look for excuses. I had the most exciting time in Goa and now everything seems deathly quiet,” says Khanna, who has signed up with a therapist.
“It is the spike effect, where the brain is searching for pleasure chemicals secreted when we feel happy. Then, suddenly one is brought back to everyday chores and consequently starts feeling low. We get many cases of Post Party Depression (PPD) during this time of the year,” points out Dr Deepak Raheja, psychiatrist and director, Hope Foundation.
According to Dr Rachna Singh, lifestyle management expert, Artemis Health Institute, “People indulge in an excess of food, alcohol and companionship in parties, and later find a vacuum that leads to depression. The problem arises when they try to harness their energies to become disciplined again.”
Weight gain from all the partying has added to the problem.
“Often, people come for therapy when they feel they can’t lose weight, have disturbed sleeping patterns and feel worthless after all the parties,” says Dr Raheja.