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Symptoms of Summer Depression

Updated on September 2, 2014

Summer: The Best Time of the Year?

Glory hallelujah, it's summer! The sun is shining, the birds are singing, there isn't a cloud in the sky. You can't wait to take a break from the same-old routine and go to waterparks, have picnics, go camping, and seize every long, hot summer day!

And the best part is, everyone else feels just the same. Or do they? I sure don't. But is it just me?

According to a recent article found at Common Health at www.wbur.org (Boston's public radio website) and at the Huffington Post, not everybody feels this way. Have you heard of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)? That's the technical term for depression or blues that come on during a certain season. The certain season is usually winter, and many reasons are cited for feeling gloomy in the winter - less light, cold temperatures, and lack of exercise due to bad weather, among others. I was very surprised to learn that for some people, SAD only occurs in the summer, not in the winter!

By Kristaps B. from Tukums, Latvia (Summer's boredom) [CC-BY-2.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
By Kristaps B. from Tukums, Latvia (Summer's boredom) [CC-BY-2.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

I Think I Have That!

I was not only surprised to learn that summer SAD is actually a real thing, but kind of excited. The reason? Shhh.... I hate summer too! I hate oppressive heat, humidity, and the scorching kind of sunlight that makes me feel like every bit of moisture is evaporating from my skin. (Come to think of it, it probably is!) Unlike many people, I don't welcome the longer days; are you supposed to fill those days with more stuff? It just feels wrong to veg out in front of the TV when it's still light out - never mind that it's 9pm! I don't like sweating on my way to work or bugs biting me, or a schedule that is all out of whack. Spontaneous barbecues don't thrill me either. Until I read about it, it never occurred to me that perhaps my dislike of camping could be related to summer SAD.

For the longest time, though, I've felt like a complete outcast for not loving summer. When I finished reading the two articles, I immediately emailed them to my mother, who dislikes summer as much as I do. "Wow. Wow. Wowee!" she wrote back. Even though summer is still summer, it somehow feels better to know that we're not alone.

By Masahiro Hayata (originally posted to Flickr as Maple Leaves) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
By Masahiro Hayata (originally posted to Flickr as Maple Leaves) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

At Least It'll Be September Soon!

I haven't really figured out a good way to deal with seasonal depression. I do find that I feel better on days where there is some structure, and some exercise. My garden loves the heat and the sun, so I can appreciate at least some things about the summer weather. I am also lucky to live in an air-conditioned apartment, so I can escape somewhere cool if necessary. In the comments section, feel free to let us all know if you've experienced seasonal depression, and how you've dealt with it - summer or winter.


Now get out there and hope for a partly cloudy, 75 degree day!

By Gardenkitty (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
By Gardenkitty (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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      wynter 

      3 years ago

      I despise summer, the sun, heat and humidity and the longer day light. I am so happy when it's late October and guaranteed fall and cool, cook soup, go for a walk and not sweat. Summer can take a hike and I hate when people say, isn't this great weather when it's over 30C. I want to wring their neck!

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      Justsomeone97 

      3 years ago

      I HATE SUMMER!!!! WITH A PASSION!! But let's be clear that oval NOT depressed. I don't feel at all I have SAD. I just absolutely hate the sticky, sultry oppressive weather. How on earth can anyone like living in a sauna! It's not mentally uncomfortable, it's physically uncomfortable. Summer to me os like telling someone to shove boo shoots under their fingernails for four months out of the year. The heat doesn't make me sad. It makes me pissed because I can't be outside for 30 seconds without soaking my clothes. I'm in a crappy apt with only two windows and the door opened away from the living room so I can't even get a cool breeze from there. I put the AC in one window and then I only have half a window for when it cools off for a day or two. I can't get good air flow and because it's not hot enough the AC doesn't work well enough. LI has been having unseasonably warm temps and on May 11th I'm putting the AC in. I have been sleeping with a fan blowing on me for weeks already. Today it was humid and disgusting! It hasn't rained in two weeks. We have no spring. I'm really pissed. Please give me a freak snowstorm and 3' of snow! If rather take 40 minutes to walk to work on the ice then be stuck in the AC all day with my doors and windows closed!

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      hazelbrown 

      4 years ago from Central PA

      Hi frrrrosty,

      Your username makes me smile :) I can tell you enjoy winter! I am pretty good with winter except when it's 20 or less for extended periods of time. Brr! It's awesome that you like summer now! Woo hoo! Well, except for super hot, humid weather... but who can like that anyway?

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      frrrrosty! 

      4 years ago

      Good to hear I am not the only one! The weird thing is, it's changing for me: When I was younger, I disliked sunny days and loved cloudy and rainy weather. After going through a major depressive episode from early last fall to late spring this year, I've loved sunny days much more. Now in the summer I'm disappointed if the forecast calls for rain! However, I've always loved fall and, even more, winter. I can't stand the 90° degree, humid summers we've had in Ohio plenty of times, but I'm a sucker for below zero weather with three feet of snow :) So I guess now I'm cool with all seasons but spring. The temperature isn't pleasantly warm or pleasantly cold, just awkwardly in-between. And everything looks so gross with the dark clouds pouring rain on the bare trees, while dirty piles of melting snow make everything muddy ... Oh well, what are you gonna do? Right now I'm just glad there are 3 seasons I like!

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      Julian 

      4 years ago

      75 is hot! for me at least...

      The sunlight puts me in a very bad mood. I can only stand overcast weather and under 60 degrees...

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      Jen 

      6 years ago

      Yes. I get depressed in the summer.......unless I am on the lake for the day. I feel so much more energized on cloudy rainy days. :-) I can hardly work on summer days because all I want to do is sleep???? Hmmmmm odd?

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      Robin Edmondson 

      7 years ago from San Francisco

      We use to live in Seattle and I have a few friends that have SAD, but their depression usually occurred in the January, Feb, and March months when it had been raining non-stop for weeks. I can see how oppressive heat could facilitate the same reaction. I had never thought of it though, thanks for the eye opener! Fall will be here soon!

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      Tricia Mason 

      7 years ago from The English Midlands

      Hi :)

      I think that it depends on the summer. If it is burning hot, or oppressively humid, then I can't cope with it, but summer in England is rarely like that!

      My Mum and my son hate the really hot weather, too.

      Perhaps a temperate European summer would suit you better :)

      I do get depressed in winter though ~ and in summers that are dull and damp.

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      Pixienot 

      7 years ago from Clarksville, Indiana

      I must admit, I have and do fall into the category of both. I can no longer take the heat (over 80) and the cold (under 50) makes me shrink under the covers.

      My best remedy is to keep very busy and have a book to read at all times. I have one in each bathroom, beside my chair in the living room and on my desk.

      Getting bored increases the sadness, I think.

      I have a friend who dries up (figuratively speaking) in the winter time. Lack of sunshine she was told by the doctor. Nice to know there is now a name to this phenomenon.

      Good hub, great grammar. Wonderful information.

      Keep up the good work.

      Voted up and useful.

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