Similar to an alcohol, or drug induced hangover. This term refers to the hangover which lingers in the aftermath of an intensely emotional experience, or earth shattering event. The result of an excess of negative emotion - anger, fear, jealousy, hatred, sadness, self-loathing, and the like. Experienced more by those with heightened emotions, such as empaths, the depressed, and those mourning the loss of loved ones. Victims of violent crime often find themselves crippled by an emotional hangover of fear that lingers long after the crime itself.

An emotional hangover is closely related to, and often a component of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Symptoms usually include general fatigue, headaches, body aches, emotional vulnerability, and detachment from reality. Commonly accompanied by feelings of regret, guilt, shame, and worthlessness.