Signs of Summer Depression
Many people have not heard of summer depression, but there is such a thing. It is called seasonal affective disorder (SAD). It is a type of depression that comes about when the seasons change. People expect SAD to exist during the cold and gloomy winter months because of the lack of sunlight, but the condition can and it does exist during the summer months when there are sunlight and warmth and during the winter months when the season is just the opposite.
Only about 1 percent of people suffer from SAD during the summer. That's a very low number, but any number is too many. People need help whether they are among a few or among many others.
Winter vs. Summer Depression
Summer depression is different from winter depression, but neither one is a pleasant thing to have. No matter when depression comes, there are always some common symptoms such as anxiety, agitation, lack of concentration, and mood swings.
Those who suffer from winter depression tend to feel sluggish and gain weight. Summer depression is just the opposite. People tend to lose weight.
Daytime hours are extended and a person becomes depressed because his body’s clock is interrupted by the sun during the summer months.
Even though anxiety is part of seasonal affective disorder, that isn't all there is. It is also a feeling of intense agitation. Summer depression gets much worse because of increased sunlight and heat. Daylight is longer in the summer and people stay outside much longer.
If you know you have SAD, you don't have to be outside every day during the summer. Take a break and spend time indoors whenever you feel anxious.
2. Lack of Concentration
People who suffer from SAD tend to have a problem concentrating. If at all possible, try to postpone making any major decisions during the summer months. Do not take on any special projects. People with SAD have a history of poor work performance during that time of the year.
It is not unusual for those with affective disorder to become easily distracted, forgetful and lose motivation. This is understandable based on the change of chemical in the brain along with the body's clock being out of order.
When the seasons change, some people complain of Insomnia. Even their sleeping pattern is out of whack which causes them to have a hard time falling asleep and staying asleep.
Winter SAD causes people to sleep more than usual. On the other hand, summer SAD causes people to have insomnia and have a problem sleeping.
4. Weight Loss
A lot of people lose weight when they suffer from summer SAD. In the summer, some people lose their appetite for food and don't eat during family reunions, picnics, and cookouts.
On most occasions, people are glad to lose weight. However, it is not good to lose weight because of SAD. The lack of food means a lack of nutrients that makes the condition even worse.
5. Increased Sex Drive
Most people think it is unusual for an increased sex drive to be associated with depression but that is what happens, according to psychiatrists. If you have noticed a change in your sexual activity along with the other symptoms, it is probably a sure sign of SAD.
6. Feeling Isolated
People who suffer from SAD don't like being around other people because they don't like the way they feel. They think they are the only one in the world who is suffering from that condition. Therefore, people might feel isolated and disconnected from everybody and everything.
Tips for Summer Depression
There are ways to beat the summer blues. So, never take the above signs of depression for granted. If not treated, summer depression could develop into something much worse and last long after the summer is over.
Take the above signs seriously because there is a remedy for each one of them. For instance, know that you are not alone. SAD was not designed just for you. Other people suffer from it also. Therefore, help is available from medical professionals. Don't be ashamed or afraid to discuss your uncomfortable situation with them.
Now that you know what the signs are, you can plan accordingly. For example, you can adjust your sleeping pattern, eat even when you are not hungry and plan daytime activities that will keep you indoors instead of outside.
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