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by Loren G. Edelstein | December 1, 2017

Loren Edelstein, editor in chief of Meetings & Conventions magazineEveryone gets the doldrums at times, but meeting planners might be especially susceptible by nature of the job. Mental-health professionals call it post-project depression - and it's prevalent in our industry.

Only 35 percent of respondents to M&C's survey on the topic feel great when a meeting ends. The rest experience mixed emotions, sadness, or a physical and emotional crash. (See research results here.)

Just 15 percent never suffer from post-meeting depression. The most prevalent symptom, cited by nearly two-thirds of respondents, is unusual fatigue.

Among the hundreds of comments we received:

• "I call it 'post-meeting hangover.' Getting back to my regular work takes more effort."

• "We use the term 'meeting meltdown.' There is a point just after an event concludes when all of the emotions come pouring out. It's usually triggered by something small (even a cheesy commercial can do it), and the tears just start flowing."

• "Maybe if you only work on one event per year there's a letdown factor, but when you produce 12 to 15 events per year, ain't nobody got time for that!"

"It's normal to be disappointed once a momentous event has passed," says Beth Sonnenberg, LCSW, a New Jersey-based psychotherapist and life coach. "Also, remember that it's temporary." For related blog posts, including coping strategies, click here.

Meanwhile, here's hoping for collective good cheer as we head into the holiday season. From all of us in the M&C family, we wish you and yours a joyful New Year.