Depression after Fights
I figured this would go into Mental health so here it is.
After a good fight (bjj,MMa,Kickboxing,etc.) Does anyone ever get depressed? I had a really awesome fight tonight, but afterwards everything seemed so anticlimactic. Kind of makes you sad everything is over, and its just another day after that. Time to Ice the swelling, rest up. The fight is kind of for nothing. It doesn't prove a thing, except you've had a good night against that opponent.
Now Martial Arts has always been there for me since I started it. Not feeling happy at home? Goto MA. Had a tough day at work/college? Had girl trouble? Martial Arts. But what can one do when putting everything together makes you sad, even if you win?
I guess what i'm asking is, does anyone else ever feel like **** after a fight mentally?
Only if I get owned badly. If it's a good fight (I assume you mean sparring), I immediatly start thinking "Next time I'll do *blah blah* instead, and watch out for *blah blah*."
I get depressed if I lose a fight or fail to perform a lift/ number or bw reps I habitually can. However when I win a fight I will be happy unless I knew the fight was unfair and I was just picking on someone less skilled than myself.
Win or lose the exact opposite seems to happen to me... I go into an extremely high, giddy, almost manic, state that lasts the whole day. It's wonderful. I WANT MORE!
So far, I've only felt great after my fights. (BJJ competitions.)
Even when I lost.
My last fight, I won a medal... only bronze, but I was on cloud nine all fucking day, it was awesome.
Edit: I think a lot of people know what you mean though. It hit me watching Don Frye's last fight at HERO'S. He won but looked kind of empty and disappointed, like "What is it all for?" Maybe he's just senile, though.
Last edited by supercrap; 8/20/2006 11:12pm at .
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Post fight depression? Not really. Though apparently when I dont have any fights on the horizon i go into a training funk where I lose all motivation to train, my instructor said that's common.
As long as I've got something coming up I seem to be gold.
Only when I lose. I hold onto wins/losses all day long, though.
After some good sparring, or just hard training in general, I get into a funk for a little bit afterwards, thinking about where I fucked up and how I need to improve with this or with that. It generally turns into motivation to train harder afterwards.
I get depressed when I can't train...
It's the post-adrenaline "come down". Your body starts to counteract the effects of the adrenaline from the fight but "over-compensates" slightly, so you have a period of lethargy, weakness and depression. Some people have less of an adrenal reaction during a fight so will have a proportionally smaller after-effect.
It's just a physiological thing.
Last edited by Elky; 8/21/2006 12:43pm at .
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