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Are You SAD in the Summer?

Summer weather to me is all about being carefree, happy, and surrounded by friends. Since I am a sun worshipper, it's without a doubt my favorite season leaving ample time for hitting the beach, attending BBQ's, and an excuse for reading trashy novels to name a few.

Unfortunately, for some people, summer is NOT about joy and fun at all. Some people suffer from a rare form of SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) known as summer depression. It usually begins in late spring or early summer, and goes away by winter. Scientists aren't exactly sure what causes it, but it may be related to changes in the amount of daylight or heat.

Symptoms of summer SAD include:

  • Trouble Sleeping
  • Decrease in appetite
  • Weight loss

About 1% of American adults suffer from summer SAD, and the sufferers are mostly women aged 20-40. It's also more common for people who live at higher altitudes where seasonal changes are more extreme or for people living in hotter climates.

What can people do to combat summer SAD? To find out

  • Summer depression is most likely triggered by the heat, so doing what you can to keep cool to help manage symptoms. Wearing light clothes, drinking cold drinks, taking cold showers, and staying near air-conditioning could make a world of difference.
  • The light may also cause symptoms, so getting out of the sun and into the shade, or inside where it's dark may help.
  • Some sufferers find that the only thing that helps is taking antidepressants.

Dear's advice: If these symptoms sound familiar to you, talk to your doctor about ways you can start feeling better.


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LaurenNotLoren LaurenNotLoren 9 years
lol how does everyone make those cute smilies? hahaha can you see my attempts in my previous post? :P
LaurenNotLoren LaurenNotLoren 9 years
Wow. I have the summer SAD! I didn't know it was an actual thing. :frown: I've always loved Fall and Winter, and I can tolerate the first part of Spring, but I can't stand Summer. I live in Texas and the weather here is miserable! Everyone else seems fine when summertime rolls around, and occasionally will poke fun at me for griping about it. If I start to get the slightest bit warm, I get cranky. If I get hot, I just get bitchy. :rofl: I guess I need to look some more into this so that I can make it thru these months in a better mood. Winter hurry up! :)
sass40 sass40 9 years
I suggested they cover Summer SAD as a topic since I have it and I am so glad they decided to! A lot of people who have it don't really know it's a real disorder. I recently started a support forum for people seeking help, since I was interviewed about it by the LA Times (do a search for LA Times Saskia and you'll find it) It's not for profit so I'm surprised they didn't bother mentioning it. Anyway...if you think you have Summer SAD and want to connect to other people (me and a lot of others) who have it check out
sw2190 sw2190 9 years
haha mor elike depression of the increase of appetite cos were all lazy fukers in summer! haha nah ive actualyl lost weight im ona healthkick and the hgot weather helps heaps for that!
Marci Marci 9 years
I'm not affected by any of the seasons, thankfully. I enjoy them all - although some more than others; like summer!
Beautifulbarbie Beautifulbarbie 9 years
No, this has been a great Summer so far.
adinagiura adinagiura 9 years
winter, simmuer sad=photophobia...a..native sensitivity to specific a lot of therapy
nicole121482 nicole121482 9 years
I suffer from SAD in the Winter, I didn't even know it was possible in the summer. Everything I have read about it says that it occurs due to lack of sunshine...I guess this is just the opposite...
rubialala rubialala 9 years
If winter goes on for too long, I get SAD. But I love the summer, I'm never SAD in the summer.
Misskastar Misskastar 9 years
Just followed your link and guess it is a rare form. Weird!!! I could understand having it in the winter...I go tanning a lot in the winter (I know, I know, horrible for me!) just to feel some sunlight. It is crazy that people get it in the summer!
Misskastar Misskastar 9 years
yeah are you sure SAD is from the summer? I would think that is a rare form. SAD is usually caused by a lack of natural sun light which most often happens in the winter months. I've talked to my doctor about this many times. "SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) is a type of winter depression that affects an estimated half a million people every winter between September and April; in particular during December, January and February." -Seasonal Affective Disorder Association
partysugar partysugar 9 years
I suffer from SAD every winter.
fab4 fab4 9 years
I cannot stand the summer months. I live in the DEEP SOUTH and it gets HOT. So hot that I can't even look out of a window. I have summer SAD really bad. I won't be happy again until I see some yellow and orange foliage and college football starts!!
bluejeanie bluejeanie 9 years
i lose weight in the summer but that's only because it is too hot to eat. i know that sounds weird but when it's really hot the last thing i want to do is eat. i know lots of people that have winter SAD, i had no idea there was a summer version.
ManicMauritian ManicMauritian 9 years
Oh wow I had no idea there's a summer version of SAD! I thought SAD was something to do with lack of UV light and vitamin D but in summer???
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 9 years
I know someone who suffers from SAD in winter. Had no idea it could be a summer thing, too.
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