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For Many Sports Fans, It's Not Just A Game

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Published on Jan 28, 2014

Mental health expert explains emotional ties to teams, has tips for keeping cool

(COLUMBUS, Ohio) February 2014 -- Most of us know at least one of "those" fans. You know, the ones who are so emotionally connected to their team that they can be obnoxious when the team wins, and unbearable when they lose? "Being a fan is fine, but there is a line you can cross that makes it really unhealthy," said Ken Yeager, PhD, a mental health expert in the department of psychiatry at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. "Sometimes the pressures and tensions of life get added onto the emotions of games and then you have people overreacting," said Yeager.

If you are one of them, or know someone who is, Yeager says it's important to know the signs that you are getting too emotionally involved in a game, so you can take steps to avoid any behavior you might regret. "Things like drinking alcohol, betting money on your favorite team to win and even who you watch the game with can ratchet up your stress levels and have an impact on your health," said Yeager.

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