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Is it possible to have Seasonal Affective Disorder for spring and summer?

Asked by Aesthetic_Mess (7857 points ) April 4th, 2011

I have no problem with fall and winter. I like tons of snow, and cold weather, so those seasons don’t depress me. Winter is my favorite season.
Spring has just sent me into a kind of depressed state, and I don’t know why. I don’t like hot weather, but that can’t be the only reason.
Is it possible to have SAD in reverse?

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Seelix's avatar

I think that by definition, SAD is brought on by shorter daylight hours. So whatever is affecting you, it’s not SAD.

SpatzieLover's avatar

YES! Any seasonal transition can bring about S.A.D. symptoms.

If you can, borrow the book Seasonal Affective Disorder For Dummies from your library or buy it used you won’t need to read it more than once, otherwise I’d recommend buying it

My son & my husband are prone to this due to their autism. If you already know you have a neurological condition or depression, you may be more prone to having S.A.D. symptoms.

We have found Vitamin D drops and this Go-LiteBlu to be immensely helpful (you can find both on ebay for less)

The best way to cope with S.A.D. is to prevent it. If you can, keep a log on your calendar of symptoms. I begin the light therapy for my son a good week prior to a seasonal change. We use the drops all year now.

Other tips:

*Try your best to get out for a 10 minute walk (without a hat or sunscreen) daily between the hours of 10am-3pm.

*Exercise daily for at least a half hour.

gailcalled's avatar

I find it difficult to switch from one season to another. Just as I am finally getting used to winter, damn…here comes spring.

josie's avatar

I always thought SAD was just a New Age/victim way of saying you wished you had the courage to pack it all up and move South.

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

I think it’s possible to have season’s affect your mood, but I think SAD is specifically about the loss of sunlight in fall and winter.

SpatzieLover's avatar

@Aesthetic_Mess Here’s a quick read article on Summer SAD

KateTheGreat's avatar

@Aesthetic_Mess I’ve always been the same way! Nice to know I’m not crazy….

Brian1946's avatar

I live in Hell A and I’m the same way too.

One thing that’s helped me to deal with the heat here is to escape it by going to the west coast, especially the Pacific Northwest.

I’ve spent a few summers in Vancouver, BC and the Alaskan coast.

Last summer we stayed overnight in Phoenix on the way back from NO, LA.
The nocturnal low temp was a horrid 93º.
The next day it was 113º there and it was 73º when we got back to Los Angeles: it was Vancouver by comparison. ;-)

Leanne1986's avatar

I struggle more with my mental issues during the spring and especially the summer. I don’t know whether this is actually S.A.D.

LostInParadise's avatar

Add me to the list of people who prefer fall and winter. I don’t think it is unusual for people who suffer from depression to prefer darkness. The combination of the heat, humidity and glaring sunlight of summer definitely gets me down. I heard that Seattle has a large number of people with depression, so here is a question to ponder. Does the constant rain make people depressed or does it attract people who are already depressed?

augustlan's avatar

One of my daughters is very similar. She swears she’s got reverse SAD. She loves a rainy, cold day the best.

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