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NicNak

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S.A.D. About Summer? :acrobat:
Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba
Original Source: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Toronto

It’s a beautiful summer day, but you’re miserable because you can’t sleep or eat and you’re anxious for no apparent reason. If you have these symptoms for two or more summers in a row, you may be suffering from a condition called summer Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.). It’s triggered by the changing seasons, just like the more common winter SAD where shortened daylight hours lead to fatigue, depression, weight gain, and carbohydrate cravings. Summer SAD (also known as reverse SAD) has the opposite effect with symptoms including insomnia, weight loss, agitation, and occasionally hypomania (a persistently elevated mood). Depression is also common. Like most cases of depression, women suffering from either form of SAD outnumber men.

What causes it?
Scientists aren’t sure because summer SAD hasn’t been well-studied, yet hot weather appears to trigger it. “Some people are very sensitive to their physical environment and have an extreme response to the body’s normal reaction to heat,” says Dr. Robert Levitan, a clinical researcher at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto.

How you can cope
Some people with summer SAD find relief with constant air conditioning, cold showers, and swimming. Others get comfort from summer trips to areas with a cool rainy climate, such as Ireland or northern British Columbia. The answer may also include medication such as antidepressants and mood stabilizers, with a dose that either begins or is increased as summer approaches. Antidepressants can also help lower body temperature. If you’re concerned about how warm weather appears to be affecting your mood, seek help from a mental health professional.

Body blues
You have to be diagnosed with summer SAD to experience summer depression. Plenty of women take one look at themselves in shorts, swimsuits, or sleeveless shirts and think longingly of their bulky winter sweaters. No need to hide, says Sandra Friedman, a Vancouver educator and author of Body Thieves: Help Girls Reclaim Their Natural Bodies and Become Physically Active.

Take these steps to help yourself feel more at ease in your skin:

  • Get moving. When you start to use your body to run, dance, and jump, you focus more on how your body feels and less on how it looks.
  • Adjust your attitude. Exercise for the purpose of fun, strength, and health, not weight loss.
  • Quit looking in the mirror. You don’t need to banish mirrors entirely, of course. But if you’re constantly examining your reflection, you begin to see your body as an object that’s full of flaws. Just look long enough to make sure your shirt is tucked in, them move on.
“Self-help works.”​
 

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Personally, my depression becomes worse in the Spring and Summer time too.

Although it is not believed to be associated with poor body image as the artical states can be a cause.

My doctors notice it happening with me too, but are not sure why. One doctor thought it was possably a trigger, from past trama happening to me usually in the summer.
 

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My gosh, I think I have Summer SAD....

...Or it might just be being SAD about four months per year of nearly ongoing 35?C-ish days and up to 46?, thus tending to imprison myself in two air-conditioned rooms, every blind in the house closed to keep the heat out. Then when it's cool in the evening or the odd cool days, I exhaustedly try to catch up with boring everyday tasks. I get very hot from pretty mild movement, even when it's not hot and nobody else is hot. Groan.

I always think about having some sort of 'sanity plan' for the summer,but instead I generally just find the whole thing rather miserable and crazymaking before too long.
:D sigh.
 

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