Why some people experience summer depression

Cover credit: Pixabay

Cover credit: Pixabay

For some it may sound odd and bizarre to hear that summer depression exists. Falling under the category of Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as SAD, summer depression occurs during the summer, and is very important to understand in order to take good care of it.

SAD is a depression that happens the same time every year. When it comes to summer, days get longer and the heat takes over almost everywhere in the world. Those who have SAD start having symptoms of depression, including sadness, loss of interest, stress, anxiety, trouble sleeping and irritability.

What causes “summertime SAD” is a pile of reasons, relative to each and every person suffering from summer depression.

First, the difference between summer and winter is that during the colder months a person wears several layers of clothing to stay warm, while during summer all these layers fall off, leaving the real image of the body in the light. This leads to avoidance when the person is not happy with their body image.

In fact, many summer outings include going to the beach and pool, so when these people cannot accept their bodies in a bathing suit, they pass on that gathering.

Usually when someone is inclined to having depression symptoms, an everyday routine will help them to push away these symptoms. In the summer, routines are broken. There is never the same plan everyday, and this lack of consistency might also lead to summer depression.

It is true that summer might be some people’s favorite season, but for others it might be miserable. To avoid summer heat and high temperature, those who suffer from summer depression would rather stay in bed, in their air-conditioned room, leading sometimes to isolation and feelings of low self-esteem.

When understood and spotted, summer depression is treatable. It is very important to seek help right after the symptoms start appearing and developing. Talking to a friend about it will be comforting at first, but if it gets worse, a specialist's help might be necessary.