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Tips for Summer Depression

Did you know that seasonal depression can also be experienced in the summer months? It’s the common understanding that seasonal depression is experienced during the winter months.

However, seasonal affective disorder in the summer (SAD) with research has shown to be growing as more persons close themselves in doors during the summer to hide from the extreme heat rays on the outside.

What exactly is Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)?
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is described as a specific depression connected to seasons. In essence one tends to become depressed during a certain time of the year.

SAD generally begins in fall and continues until the end of the winter months but for some persons it can start in spring/summer. Summertime SAD is said to affect at least 4%-6% of Americans.

Common Symptoms of SAD
Persons who experience seasonal affective disorder (SAD) in the summer may have varying symptoms. However, common symptoms include:

  • Weight loss
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Decreased appetite

Causes for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
During the summer months SAD may be encouraged and triggered as a result of:

  • Being in doors more to stay away from the heat often leading to eating more and exercising less
  • Challenges with body image tends to be hard to avoid being the month of parties and beach related activities
  • Increased spending relating to summer activities can place a strain on one’s finances

Final Thoughts
Though summer depression is less common than within the fall to winter months, it is still a reality for some individuals. As you navigate SAD during the summer months, treatment options to consider include quality sleep, exercise, and psychotherapy. A therapist from Revive Therapeutic Services can help you benefit from your treatment plan.

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