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Is it possible for people to get depressed as summer comes in?

Asked by ZEPHYRA (20461points) April 1st, 2010

SAD usually comes in fall-winter months, but I find it strange to hear that some people start feeling more depressed as summer draws near. Have you heard or experienced this?

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davidbetterman's avatar

Yes, of course depression can set in as summer nears. Especially for people who love winter lifestyles.

And, many people have added a few pounds during the winter, and get depressed that they look fat for the summer beach time!

susanc's avatar

My own experience – I have to leave behind the comfort of all that enclosure, and get my old body awake again.
It’s a little creaky.
Is it anything like that?

ZEPHYRA's avatar

@bensusancdrewim , I guess that and low feelings bordering on anxiety!

shego's avatar

I get depressed when summer comes because I can’t be bronze beauty, in bikini. It makes me feel bad even though I have taken measures to lose the weight, I will never be a size 1.

ZEPHYRA's avatar

@benshegoimew keep trying and you will get close at least to a summer goddess!

CaptainHarley's avatar

I don’t see how. We had a very rainy Winter, and now that Spring is here it’s like green just exploded! It’s breathtaking!

Storms's avatar

The sun does tend to make me grumpy but none of the seasons or weather phenomenon make me depressed. I do take D3 in the winter, though.

CMaz's avatar

I wanted summer two months ago.

tedibear's avatar

I don’t like summer because of the heat and humidity, but that doesn’t depress me. Looking like hell in a bathing suit discourages and angers me, but not depresses.

Berserker's avatar

It happens all the time, and depression in general doesn’t give a shit what season it is.

That said it can also inspire it…I like Autumn and Winter a lot, because I’m not a people person and in these seasons, people seem withdrawn, generally. It makes everything more peaceful. I’m left alone, people are too primed on getting out of the weather or cursing it to bother me.
I enjoy my peace and solitude, so Summer always brings me down because it takes it away from me.

I don’t like Summer much because of the symbolism I attribute to it. People everywhere trying to make me a part of their lives. I also love the night and the small days of Autumn and Winter, and Summer pisses me off with constant light, although I do enjoy warm Summer nights, as short as they are.
Not tryna act like an emo or psychopath, I’m telling the truth, and I don’t think it’s really all that abnormal.

Besides making myself sound like an ass, I’m not too good with intense heat waves either. I get nosebleeds, dizzy spells and always feel exhausted and not motivated to do anything, so it does get depressing…I also hate supreme humidity caused by heat which is quite prominent in Qu├ębec…colder and darker weathers suit me so much better.

I won’t say I get depressed in Summer, but I sure often feel like shit, both physically and emotionally.

Storms's avatar

@Symbeline I’m introverted as well and treasure being alone. My eyes are also a bit sensitive to light. I also find cold preferable to heat because it never gets so cold that another layer of fabric won’t help (and I’m actually starting to like the biting cold) whereas you can only take so much of your clothing to cool off (and before anybody suggests it, you can’t spend all day in a pool or in air conditioning). But all this tends to irritate me rather than depress me. A suppose a body might get depressed if they say others enjoying the weather together and they couldn’t be a part of it.

Then, of course, there are the aspects of summer that I really enjoy such as warm nights around a fire, sailing, intense weather phenomenon like tornadoes and so forth.

Berserker's avatar

@ben-Storms-im Haha, tornados are awesome…for about five seconds, then I piss myself. XD

OpryLeigh's avatar

Yes it is! I am proof of it. My depression is worse during summer.

Ludy's avatar

Isn’t it the opposite?

MRSHINYSHOES's avatar

Good question! When I was younger, I sometimes got the late summer blues, in August, when the weather was at its hottest. I got the false impression that everyone was enjoying the “great weather”, and that everyone was happy and “doing things”, “making things happen”, and “being productive”, while I was weighed down by the heat and the humidity and didn’t feel like doing anything. I felt like my life wasn’t going anywhere, and I was stuck in the middle of a big city with all of its hot asphalt and congestion. Any setback (eg., bad relationship, inability to find work, etc., only made things worse!) Yes, the summer months were sometimes the cruellest months.

mattbrowne's avatar

Yes, when they see other people having outdoor fun being unable to join.

Storms's avatar

@MRSHINYSHOES Hypothesis validated. Sankyuu.

LostInParadise's avatar

I get more depressed when it is too sunny. The glare of sunlight in August sucks the life out of everything and makes it all seem sterile. Add in the heat and humidity and it makes me yearn for autumn. I think a lot of people who are depressed are drawn toward darkness. Someone told me that Seattle has a lot of depressed people and it made me wonder whether all the rainy weather there makes people depressed or if it attracts people who are already depressed.

Ludy's avatar

I love winter but even I (live in WI and we have like 2 months of real summer only), enjoy a little sun!

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