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Summer Seasonal Affective Disorder: Is it real?

Seasonal affective disorders are mainly associated with the winter season, but there is a reverse seasonal affective disorder. While winter Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is related to sunlight scarcity, summer Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is due to the opposite—maybe too much sunlight, which also leads to transitions in melatonin secretion. Another speculation is that people might stay up late in summer days, shying their delicate cyclic rhythms for a twist. Fascinatingly, summer seasonal affective disorder, and winter SAD seem to be extensive in areas that are especially vulnerable to hotter summers. In other words, people in the southern U.S. have a propensity to encounter summer SAD more than those staying in the north, and the other way round.

Causes of Summer SAD

There are some particular causes related to it, including:

  • Schedule changes: People with regular jobs, such as teachers, may feel out of bounds due to loss of form in the summer. Even modest changes in schedule can affect mental health. For office workers, progress might change. If other people are out, one may be putting extra effort to reimburse.