As the seasons change, plants bloom, others wilt, and nature goes through a metamorphosis of sorts. We all experience these changes in nature, so it only makes sense that we too go through a change along with the seasons.
For some, this can lead to the “winter blues,” clinically known as Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD, during the colder months.
For others, springtime means looming hot weather and humidity that is a battle to endure. The thought of longer days filled with more activity is nearly debilitating, and can send people into a depressive state. These people suffer from Summer Seasonal Affective Disorder.
What is SAD?
Seasonal affective disorder is a major depressive disorder that recurs at the same time each year, for at least 2 consecutive years. It affects approximately 10 million Americans each year.
10 Signs of Seasonal Affective Disorder in the Summer
The symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder and Summer Seasonal Affective Disorder are really not that different, they just occur during different seasons. Signs to watch for that may indicate you or a loved one is suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder in summer include:
- Intense sadness
- Feelings of hopelessness
- Change in appetite
- Change in sleep patterns
- Extreme fatigue
- Heightened anxiety
- Difficulty concentrating
- Avoidance of social interaction
- Drop in energy level
- Heaviness of arms and legs
Tips on Dealing with Summer Seasonal Affective Disorder
The seasonality of Seasonal Affective Disorder in the summer makes it easier to plan for and deal with. Keeping a journal can help tremendously, so you can look back on previous years and confirm a timeline of your symptoms.
When seasonal affective disorder summer issues start impacting your life, take control by:
- Talking to a professional
- Adjust medications as needed
- Maintain a regular sleep schedule as much as possible
- Get adequate and restorative sleep
- Maintain daily physical activity
- Do not over-obligate
That last step is one of the hardest to stick with during the summer! Family reunions, graduations, summer vacations—the list goes on and on, and for many there are only a few months in which to do it all. Do not cram your calendar with too many events and activities. Feel free to let people know that you are interested, and “as of right now that will work, we’ll see as the date approaches.”
If summer seasonal affective disorder becomes too overwhelming, Dallas Behavioral Healthcare Hospital is available to do a free assessment, 24/7, and determine what treatment options may suit you best. You can self-refer, or refer someone else if there is a concern. Contact us today for more information about our various programs and beautiful facility.