It’s easy to see why some people succumb to seasonal affective disorder (SAD) in the winter: cold, dark, damp, and gloomy weather can simply bring you down. So it may come as a surprise that you can get SAD in the summertime, too.
About 10 per cent of SAD sufferers will experience the condition during summer’s warm, sunny, and bright days, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
“Studies done in Asia—China and India—where summer depressions are more common than winter depressions found that it was related to humidity and not just temperature and light,” Raymond Lam, professor and head of the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program in the University of British Columbia’s department of psychiatry, tells Yahoo Canada. “It’s more of a problem in lower latitudes, in the tropical regions.”
However, summer SAD, sometimes called reverse SAD, can still strike people north of the border. And while some of its symptoms resemble those of winter SAD—including feelings of hopelessness orRead More »from Summertime sadness? It's an actual thing. Here's how to deal with it