Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) impacts many people when it turns dark and dreary out for many months of the year. Especially in colder climates, it can be hard to get out of the funk or ‘wintertime blues.’ There are those who struggle, even in summer, to combat “summer affective disorder,” or feeling depressed in spite of warmer weather.
There was a song recorded long ago that talked about how there ain’t no cure for the summertime blues, but maybe the songwriter was onto something. For most people, this occurs when the days are shorter, darker and cooler, usually during the fall and winter months. Summer SAD leaves people feeling:
It can be very frustrating to feel like, in spite of warmer weather, you are stuck inside all day. This may exacerbate the depression symptoms you feel. There may even be pressure to feel happier and more fulfilled in summer because, hey, it’s warmer and there’s no need to feel down. The truth is, feeling down can happen at any time and even hit you from out of nowhere.
In summer, we often think of it as a time to spend the days going out and about, enjoying life. For those living with summer depression, it can be hard to meet these expectations. Many people spend their free time at beaches during summer. This often means revealing more clothing, due to hotter temperatures. Concerns about how you look may be exaggerated by you or other people and perhaps you just don’t feel like having people look at you when you’re just out to enjoy yourself.
Coping with Climate
Mental health conditions can be exacerbated by weather changes. This can lead to a culmination of feeling more agitated, anxious, or depressed. With extreme summer temperatures and humidity, it can be draining and difficult to push through. Combine this with an increased possibility for dehydration and recovery from addiction, it can create a perfect storm. Living with summer depressive symptoms can be debilitating. It helps to find a counselor and therapist who can support management of your feelings by giving you tools and resources to help you cope. Perhaps this will provide an open door to living a life that is more full and gives you room to feel at peace to enjoy summer while it lasts.
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