Summer Depression – Yes, SAD in the Sunny Days of Summer

summer depression

Do you know the signs and symptoms of Summer Depression?

Understanding the signs and symptoms of Summer Depression will help you better handle the season in June, July and August.

Summer Excitement or Depression

It is summer and time for vacation!  After a long ride, you finally get to your destination.  You practically sprint to your beach-front condo.  Quickly you unpack your swim suit and head out the door for some sun and relaxation.  The sea gulls are flying in fancy twirls in the air.  Brown granules of sand rub between your sandals and the skin of your feet as you walk along the beach.  Up above in the clear blue sky, a yellow disk stares down warming your skin.  Spreading out your multi-colored sand dollar blanket, you have found the best spot on this beautiful beach which stretches out for miles.

For some people, the above scenario is Heaven on earth.  Still there are those who battle with a seasonal disorder that shows up and ruins any summer vacation or backyard bar-b-que.  It is called summer depression.  How can anyone be depressed in the summer?

What is it?

Summer depression is the reversal of SAD (seasonal affective disorder) in winter.  I had never heard of summer depression until a few weeks ago.  Actually, SAD (having depression in the winter) is much more common than summertime depression.  This probably explains why you do not hear much about summer SAD.

Signs and Symptoms

People who are depressed during the summer months of the year have symptoms similar to the ones found in people who suffer from SAD.  You will notice below the symptoms I list for summer depression, seem like the opposite of winter depression.

Appetite Loss

People who have the summertime blues, end up losing weight during the summer.  Instead of enjoying the best of the season’s grilling cuisine, they do not have much of an appetite.


With the hot summer nights, someone with this seasonal disorder would have trouble sleeping.  People with summer depression have trouble maintaining a set sleep schedule.  They stay up late at night which affects them the next day.

Heat is a pain in the neck

Heat becomes very agitating just like the cold is more of a nuisance in the winter.


When you feel isolated, you are no longer interested in the things you used to be.  At this point, you begin to stay to yourself and turn down social requests.

Schedules Stress Me Out!

You might schedule a vacation with your friends or family.  On vacation, you have to be flexible in order for everyone to work together and make plans.  The whole schedule thing just stresses you out.


If you believe you might have some of the symptoms which could indicate summer depression, be sure to see a psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker or even your primary care physician.


Please leave a comment below to let me know if you have experience with summer depression.  Or you may always email me at

Going Further

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