I am quite swamped with work at the moment but I felt the need to share an important international health update with you. It seems there is a condition making its way around Asia at the moment and I thought it was my duty to share the news of this serious condition.
Cases of Post-Conference Blues Syndrome (PCBS) have been reported in South Korea and Japan in the last 3 weeks. Reports came from South Korea earlier in October and very recently in Japan. Previously in 2013 there were reports of outbreaks in the UK in April and the United States in March. While the recent cases seem to have originated in South Korea and Japan they appear to have spread across the globe to other locations including Russia, Indonesia, Canada, and Brasil.
What are the symptoms of PCBS?
While everyone handles this disease differently there are a few symptoms which tend to be present in most victims of PCBS. They are as follows:
- Loss of focus and attention
- Automatic Nostalgia Syndrome (ANS)
- Strong desire to be alone
- Strong desire to be with people
- The feeling that daily life is mundane and overly routine
- Mumbling on about PLNs
- Desire to make major life changes
How do I know if I have PCBS?
If you have recently attended a conference and are feeling blue, you might have PCBS. If you have any of the above symptoms you might have PCBS.
Please note that some victims of PCBS also report symptoms that are very much similar to hangovers. This may or may not be related to over consumption of alcoholic beverages.
Another related symptom (felt by this author) is pain from laughing too hard and too frequently.
Some victims report and increased appetite while others reported a decrease in appetite. Some experience a desire to eat specific dishes they were previously unfamiliar with. As with everything related to PCBS, it can be experienced differently by different victims.
How can I handle the symptoms of PCBS?
While there are no known cures it seems that small doses of Twitter and Facebook can be helpful. Too much Twiter and Facebook can actually cause an increase in PCBS so these should be used in moderation.
Skype is also rumored to be helpful in dealing with the symptoms.
Blogging is frequently suggested as a way to lessen the impact of PCBS but the results on this method have been inconclusive.
Some victims report that planning for their next conference is extremely helpful in mitigating the effects of PCBS.
How long will it last?
It varies from person to person. It is hard to say there is a normal time for PCBS because it is experienced in different ways from different people but most in most cases the symptoms are reduced (but not entirely gone) 7-10 days after attending a conference.
How can I prevent PCBS?
Not going to conferences has proven to be 100% effective in preventing PCBS.
(Please note that those afraid of or likely to catch PCBS should also avoid webinars)
What should I do if a family member is stricken with PCBS?
Most professionals advocate simply being patient. Other well-known strategies include listening to their stories and pretending to understand (this might also include laughing at things you don’t find funny). Patience is a virtue when dealing with PCBS patients. Please be understanding of their plight. While they might not show signs of PCBS on the outside it might be affecting them severely on the inside.
I sincerely hope no offense was caused or taken by my the language of real diseases to talk about something that, while heartfelt and real in its own right, is not a real health issue.
I’d also like to mention that this post is not an appeal for pity, and is just intended for fun especially because I would much rather experience PCBS than not.