Avatar – return to Earth causing depression

Filmgoers who have loved the Utopian epic report that the real world leaves them feeling depressed and even suicidal

Fans of Avatar, the sci-fi epic set in the Utopian world of Pandora, are reporting that the return to earth and real life is making some feel depressed and even suicidal.

James Cameron‘s 3D epic uses incredible visual realism to create Pandora, a world where the native Na’vi live at in perfect harmony with nature.

The fan site ‘Avatar Forum’ has receive more than 1,000 posts under the thread ‘Ways to cope with depression of the dream of Pandora being intangible’, reports CNN.

Philippe Baghdassarian, the forum administrator, says he wasn’t left feeling depressed by the film but he is not surprised that it has affected others.

‘The movie was so beautiful and it showed something we don’t have here on Earth. I think people saw we could be living in a completely different world and that caused them to be depressed,’ he said.

Avatar tells the story of Pandora, a fantasy world of weird plants and animals brought to life on the screen by cutting edge technology. Humans want to exploit the planet but the native blue aliens, the Na’vi, live in harmony with their world.

One forum user wrote ‘When I woke up this morning after watching ‘Avatar’ for the first time yesterday, the world seemed grey. It just seems so meaningless. I still don’t really see any reason to keep doing things at all. I live in a dying world,’ reports the Mail.

Dr. Stephan Quentzel, a psychiatrist, told CNN: ‘It has taken the best of our technology to create this virtual world and real life will never be as utopian as it seems onscreen. It makes real life seem more imperfect.’

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