Depression Debate: Can Watching Certain Movies Cause Depression?

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Hey everyone!

Hope you all are hanging in there.   You see that I have brought the ORLY owl back for a little discussion/debate.

I had seen several articles some months ago about the movie, Avatar.   Have you seen this movie?   I rented it on Netflix but I have yet to see it.   So perhaps I should refrain from too much opinion on what I am about to present.   Maybe those who have seen the movie can comment on their firsthand experience.

One of the articles I have seen was on CNN Entertainment and was entitled, "Audiences experience 'Avatar' blues."   The article basically said that some fans who had watched Avatar "experienced depression and suicidal thoughts after seeing the film because they long to enjoy the beauty of the alien world Pandora."

My first reaction was, "Huh?   But it is just a movie."

On a fan site called "Avatar Forums" evidently there was a forum thread which garnished over a thousand posts.   The theme of this forum thread was "Ways to cope with the depression of the dream of Pandora being intangible."

It seems many fans were depressed and dissillusioned by real life after viewing   Pandora...a fantasy utopia world in the movie.   And some even felt suicidal.

I guess my question this really possible to become depressed after watching a movie?   And are we going to see more of this type of psychological reaction to the "virtual worlds" we create in video games and movies?

It all seems a bit dubious to me.   But to be I have said...I have not yet seen the movie.   But are we really that vulnerable that a movie could send us over the edge?

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