Seasonal depression affects millions of people around the world. Most of us think seasonal depression only refers to the winter–but it doesn’t. Seasonal depression can affect people during any season.
The impact of summer on individuals with depression can vary. While some people may experience an improvement in mood and symptoms during the summer months, others may find their symptoms are slightly better. What does this mean?
Seasonal Summer Depression
Some people with depression may experience a form known as summer-onset or “reverse” Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). This condition is characterized by depressive symptoms that emerge or worsen during the summer months. It is less common than winter-onset SAD but can still affect some individuals. Let’s take a look at some summer-specific reasons a person may experience seasonal depression during the summer.
Heat and Humidity
High temperatures and humidity during summer can have physical and psychological effects on individuals, potentially exacerbating depressive symptoms in some cases. The discomfort and challenges associated with heat and humidity may contribute to feelings of lethargy, irritability, or low motivation.
Social Expectations and Vacation Pressure
Summer often brings social events, vacations, and outdoor activities. While these can be enjoyable for many, individuals with depression may feel overwhelmed or pressured to engage in activities that are outside their comfort zone. The perceived gap between their own experience and societal expectations can contribute to feelings of isolation or inadequacy.
Major Routine Changes
For some individuals, disruptions in routines during the summer months can impact their mental health. School or work schedules may change, leading to a loss of structure and increased stress. Additionally, if someone relies on regular therapy sessions or support groups, disruptions in these services due to vacations or scheduling changes can affect their well-being.
Body Image Concerns
With the arrival of summer and warmer weather, there may be an increased emphasis on appearance, leading to body image concerns for some individuals. This can be particularly challenging for those with depression, as negative body image can contribute to a worsening of depressive symptoms.
The impact of summer on depression varies greatly from person to person. If you or someone you know is experiencing depression or a worsening of symptoms during the summer, it’s essential to seek professional help.
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