I don't mean this as a knee-jerk thread, I won't be talking in depth about today's game and would appreciate it if people could stick to the topic. I want to talk about defeats in general and how they impact us as fans and supporters. Personally I struggle a lot with defeats, although I'm already at a disadvantage with being mentally ill and depressed in general. I think my best mechanisms for coping has been my tendency to shut myself off from the football world for a little while after losses. I've had a month now (since Christmas) without feeling depressed, but now I feel like it's dragged me back down. I don't know if I'd be able to handle it if I was a supporter of Arsenal for example where many fans still have hopes of doing well but have to deal with declines, top-players moving constantly and a manager & board that most fans seem to want out of the club but to no avail. Had a small chat with Damien about it, and I'm lucky from the perspective that the club I have close to my heart has been massively successful over the entirety of my life up until recent years, and I do believe we'll see more success in the future. I also think we have had more to be happy about this season than to be depressed about, but on days like today I wonder if I'm able to take the bad days well enough for it to be mentally healthy to hold on to the beautiful game. Not that I have a choice of course... So how do you guys cope with defeats? Any game in particular that stand out to you that took longer to get over? I'd happily take in some tips if anyone has any to offer.