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Charlotte Lankard: Being a Thunder fan can lead to PTSD — Post Thunder Stress Disorder

“Thunder pathology” can result in excess anxiety, loss of sleep and nightmares about strangers named Dirk, CP3 and Birdman.
By CHARLOTTE LANKARD, For The Oklahoman Published: June 3, 2014

CTOD — Genetic variant. A friend reported her daughter, a new bride on her honeymoon in the Caribbean islands, said mom didn’t need to send Thunder updates because she had a Thunder app and she was sure she could find somewhere to watch the games.

PTD – Post-Thunder Depression. Sadness and loss of interest in any further NBA games, which Becky first identified in 2013 when the Thunder’s playoff run ended prematurely.

Becky admits, “As with other syndromes, it helps to learn I am not alone. It was comforting to know some prominent figures also suffer at times from Thunder pathology. (KD could not watch Westbrook’s last-second, game-winning free throws in Game 5 against the Clippers.)”

Thunder pathology can vary and increase in frequency from year to year and is especially severe during late spring. Becky and I are considering a support group for fellow sufferers next season.

Charlotte Lankard is a licensed marriage and family therapist in private practice. Contact her at


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