Is there such a thing as SUMMER BLUES?

Everyone has the idea that depression can be at its worst during the winter times. May it be true that sunlight helps biologically improve our mood, some people experience summer depression too.

Ian A. Cook, MD, the director of the Depression Research Program at UCLA explains. Some reasons some people may become more depressed during the summer time of the year:

  1. Maybe you have heard about seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, which affects about 4% to 6% of the U.S. population. SAD typically causes depression as the days get shorter and colder. But about 10% of people with SAD get it in the reverse — the onset of summer triggers their depression symptoms.
  2. People who experience depression probably know that having a reliable routine is often key to staving off symptoms. But during the summer, routine goes out the window – and that disruption can be stressful increasing depression symptoms that were on check.
  3. As the temperature climbs and the layers of clothing fall away, a lot of people feel terribly self-conscious about their bodies.
  4. There are some financial worries, summers can be expensive. There’s the vacation, of course. And if you’re a working parent, you may have to fork over a lot of money to summer camps or babysitters to keep your kids occupied while you’re on the job.
  5. Lots of people relish the sweltering heat. They love baking on a beach all day. But for the people who don’t, summer heat can become truly oppressive.



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By: R. Morgan Griffin
WebMD Medical Reference

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