Summer is usually one of the best times of the year. Most of us have finally gotten over the harshness and challenges of winter (and often spring) and are just so excited for the warmer temperatures and sunlight. Even though you are an adult now and have to work (kids have it so nice) everything still feels a bit more relaxed. Plus, it is prime vacation time and no one judges you for eating ice cream in the middle of the day. However, many people are actually feeling a bit depressed right now and there is a good reason for it. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) affects 1% of the population during the summer season.
Too much sun
Though it seems hard to understand that people would be depressed with more hours of sunlight especially after a long, dark winter, it really is all about people’s circadian rhythms. Just like fewer hours of light can make people very depressed in the winter, more hours of light and higher temperatures can impact a smaller group in the summer because of neurotransmitter levels being altered. Symptoms of SAD in the summer include insomnia, agitation, and loss of appetite.
Another factor that can contribute to SAD in the summer is the wonderful modern concept of FOMO. Instagram feeds are extra flooded with fun summer pictures during this season (instead of the less jealousy-invoking cars buried in snow photos) which can bring SAD to another level for these people.