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Summer Makes Some People Depressed

Most people couldn’t be happier come summer, what with the beach weather and BBQs and all. But there are a few folks out there who get sad and anxious when the weather heats up. Peeps who feel this way may have Summer-Onset Depression, a form of Seasonal Affective Disorder. However, where we usually think of SAD as starting in the fall, the summer version begins in the late spring and ends when the weather starts to get all cold and icky again. The symptoms are basically the opposite of those experienced by people who have SAD in the winter. People with summer depression sleep and eat less— the opposite is true for people with the winter blues. This disorder is pretty uncommon but people who hate bright light and are uber-sensitive to heat sometimes have it. They aren’t vampires, but these people do get super tired and sometimes feel sick in the dog days of summer.

If you are suffering from this you can visit a psychiatrist, who may prescribe meds. Another option is to take a trip somewhere cool when things begin to get hot. Oddly enough, dark goggles, which filter out blue light, can also be helpful. And I bet they look really cool. [NY Daily News]

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