Thursday, 16 July 2009
I’ve always thought people who feel depressed during the winter was mostly due to the cold and gloomy weather. Well, I don’t blame them. I consider myself to be a pretty happy and optimistic person, but I have to admit that the brutal winters in NY definitely make me depressed sometimes, too.
Then how about when winter mercifully ends, and finally the “beautiful” summer comes? How about when the weather is perfect (if it’s not so muggy and rainy all the time)—sunny and with just a little bit of breeze blowing in your face? Sounds like a dreamland where every single person would be cheery and content with everything, right? (except for those who don’t like summer in general)
But apparently, there are people who would still feel depressed during this “perfect” time of the year, too. This rare form of seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is called “summer depression,” which usually starts late spring or early summer and ends in fall. (About 10 percent of people with SAD get it).
The symptoms of summer depression tend to be somewhat opposite in that while symptoms of winter depression include oversleeping, weight gain, and cravings for foods high in carbs, summer depression includes insomnia, poor appetite, and weight loss. While winter depression is due to a lack of sunlight, summer depression may be due to the increased sunlight and heat (more research is needed to discover other causes of summer depression). I don’t think I’ve ever felt depressed in the summer without any reason, but I wonder what normally causes people to get depressed when everyone seems to be so happy.
Have you ever felt depressed during the summer without any reason? Why did you think you felt that way? How did you cope with your negative feelings?