Many of us look forward to the summer: the warmer weather, the vacations, the longer days, the extra sunlight.
But for some, the summer months are not a relief from the seemingly endless winter months. For some, summertime brings on depression. Sometimes, summer depression has a biological cause, like a chemical imbalance, while other times, the particular stresses of summer can pile up and bring on feelings of sadness and depression.
It can be even more frustrating to feel like you are supposed to be happy and enjoying life because it’s the summer and instead, you are bogged down by depression.
Many are familiar with “seasonal affective disorder,” or SAD. SAD typically causes depression as the days get shorter and colder. What is less known is that people with SAD can actually get it in the reverse -- the onset of summer triggers depression symptoms.
Specific symptoms of summer depression often include: loss of appetite, trouble sleeping, weight loss, and feelings of agitation or anxiety. Summertime depression can also create an increased feeling of isolation.
Read about factors that may cause an increase in summertime depression