Seasonal Affective Disorder can happen in the summer

Posted at 5:53 AM, Jul 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-24 16:07:20-04

You've probably heard about being sad in the winter when it's cloudy or when it's rainy, but what about summertime sadness?

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) usually happens in winter. People are depressed by the shorter and gloomier days.

Some experts are finding a similar depression during the summer. It's the long days and the intense heat that does people in, especially in desert cities like Las Vegas and Phoenix.

Some symptoms include:

  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Anxiety
  • Agitation
  • Poor appetite

Needing to stay indoors can also make you feel trapped. Even professionals think it might be a good time to get away somewhere cooler and less oppressive.

"The best recommendation I can make: go to the beach. That's what I used to do in the day with my wife and kids," said Louis Mortillaro, a psychologist.

Solutions are pretty common sense. You should stay in the shade and air conditioning when possible. Investing in good curtains and other ways to block the sun is also a good idea.