Can I have Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) in the summer?

Can I have Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) in the summer?

Women talking to a therapist regarding SAD

The short answer is yes, it’s possible to experience Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) in the warmer months. SAD, just like other types of depression, can have biological and/or environmental causes. Did you know that around 10% of people with SAD experience symptoms during the summer? Some symptoms of summer SAD include loss of appetite, trouble sleeping, and anxiety.

Summer SAD: Exploring Seasonal Affective Disorder in Warmer Months

Feeling down in the summer may also be attributed to factors other than SAD. Disruptions to your normal routine may be affecting how you’re feeling. More social engagements, vacation, kids being at home, etc. come with warmer weather and can affect typical patterns of sleeping, eating, and working. Such changes may leave you feeling overwhelmed, ‘off’, drained, etc.

What can make summertime sadness worse is the pressure that you should be feeling great, enjoying the nice weather and some time off. In fact, research suggests that suicide rates tend to peak in the spring and summer months, challenging the idea that everyone feels their best during this time.

Thriving in the Sunshine: Strategies for Boosting Mood During Summer

But fear not! There are ways to lift your mood during the summer months. Here are some tips and tricks:

  1. Spend time outdoors: Enjoy the sunshine and fresh air by going for walks, picnics, or outdoor activities.
  2. Maintain a regular routine: Stick to a consistent schedule for sleeping, eating, and exercising to help regulate your mood.
  3. Stay connected: Socialize with friends and family, even if it's through virtual means, to combat feelings of loneliness.
  4. Practice self-care: Engage in activities that bring you joy and relaxation, such as hobbies, meditation, or pampering yourself.
  5. Seek professional help: If you're struggling with summer SAD or summertime sadness, don't hesitate to reach out to a therapist or healthcare provider for support and guidance.

The good news is symptoms of summer SAD or summer sadness can be improved with the right support. It’s always a good idea to talk to your doctor about these concerns. Meeting with a therapist may also be helpful. Coping skills and preventative measures learned in therapy can support recovery. Sharing your thoughts and feelings with someone can be key to feeling like yourself again!

Ready to take control of your mental well-being and conquer summer SAD? Our psychotherapy team at Connected Health & Skin is here to support you on your journey to a brighter, happier you. Book your complimentary discovery consult today and let us help you thrive through every season. You deserve to feel your best!

Sydney Bota Registered Psychotherapist
Article Written By:
Sydney Bota - Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

Empathy and compassion are central to Sydney’s therapeutic practice. She has supported clients with diverse backgrounds, experiencing various challenges such as anxiety (e.g., general, work/school related, social), depression, life transitions, body-image and self confidence related concerns, grief and trauma. Sydney believes in a client-centred, collaborative approach to counselling, meeting clients where they are at and empowering them to live aligned with what they value and desire for themselves.

Medical Disclaimer:

The information presented in this blog post is for educational purposes and should not be interpreted as medical advice. If you are seeking medical advice, treatment or a diagnosis, consult with a medical professional such as one suggested on this website. Connected Health & Skin Ltd and the author of this page are not liable for the associated risks of using or acting upon the information contained in this article.

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