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Depression and football as an escape

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http://90minutecynic.com/football-a-mental-health-saviour/

I would urge players/managers/fans anyone involved in football to read this. As most know depression has been a part of my own life but I feel not enough people talk about it. I thank Aaron Connolly for his outstanding and brave blog that will know doubt help lots of people in all aspects of life. Please read and share

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Very interesting article.  Who would have thought football could be the help for depression.  On a light note, most fans would consider it the cause!

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1 hour ago, Jambo'ness said:

Very interesting article.  Who would have thought football could be the help for depression.  On a light note, most fans would consider it the cause!

Depending Jambo, on which team you support. This season, I can see your thinking!

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4 minutes ago, Toffee fan said:

Depending Jambo, on which team you support. This season, I can see your thinking!

Actually, I was thinking on a wider scale.  Have you ever noticed that fans of the old firm never seem all that happy, as they (nearly) always  win, revelling only in the others misfortune.  They seem to have everything on face value.

Depression can be somewhat similar.  You may well have a 'good' life on the face of it but it doesn't stop the inner turmoil.

I've maybe not put it right but I know what I mean. :)

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That's a brilliant piece and well done to the guy for being up front and honest , often as fans we see junior footballers as confident and cocky at times and think because they can go out there and often play to relatively large crowds that they're free of any real problems and worries , the guy gets nothing but respect from me and well done sir .

 

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Total respect Aaron,  great read and great inner strength to face this. Been there mate and talking to people certainly helps. Once again total respect.

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I personally suffer from depression and it was quite bad but I found that having a match to go to on a Saturday gave me a something to look forward too. Had great support from those around me at the candy.
Regardless of result it was about the being able to get out and socialise with others and it helped me back to work.

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A really good piece, and as someone who has had similar experiences over the last 25 years I applaud you. Fitba has always been my escape.

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Aye, I'm another for whom everyday life is utterly depressing, with the anticipation of going to the footy on Saturdays being the only thing that keeps me going.

Good on the bloke for putting his experience out there, and written so well.

 

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Football definitely can put a smile on your face no matter how hard depression bites! Hard just now with the regular postponements a lot of us supporters are enduring just now!

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Totally relate to this article, football gets stick but for me personally 100% it keeps me sane and has definitely saved my life, no matter what happens in ur personal life u always no come Saturday for that time ur on the pitch its all forgot about and ur mind is focusing on winning. Brilliant

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Took me ages to get a chance to read this but glad I have. I can't fully relate to this not having suffered myself, but kudos to the boy for sharing his experience. Life can be fantastic or a punch in the face at times and you have to take the good where you can find it. Family can be that for some but anyone on here knows how football can lift you, whether you're a player, committee man or a fan. 

I know I bang this drum but I hope anyone reading that article considers players or officials mental state when they roar and shout at them at a match. Maybe it makes you feel better but what about the recipient?

Anyway, more power to you Aaron, JC and all who have been honest and candid on here. 

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Hi Guys, someone told me my article had been shared on here, thanks again for sharing on another platform JC. 

I just want to thank anyone who has taken the time to read and comment on it. The support and reaction I have had have been incredible. I can only hope seeing this gives others some strength. Thank you x

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