Frequently Asked Questions About Summer Depression

Summer had been my favorite season for as long as I could remember. The primary reason was that it was the only time that my parents allowed me to go to the park. Whenever I would request for that during fall or winter, they would say it’s too cold. Spring was out of the question, considering there were many flowers there, and I was quite allergic to pollens.

As I grew older, I found another reason to love summer – the school break. Even when I was only in elementary school, I went to class with some of the world’s most academically competitive kids. It would be shameful to see myself at the bottom of the class, so I would always study hard and compete with them even if I did not want to. I only managed to throw my books away whenever summer came. 

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When I was ten years old, my folks joined a newly founded local organization to preserve the lakes throughout the state. I thought it was a joke initially because I never heard of such a thing before, but my parents brought me to the first-ever event, and I fell in love with the organization instantly. 

Since then, my family and I would visit as many lakes as possible around the state with other volunteers every summer. We would set up camp there for three days – that’s how long it would take us to clean the surroundings and the bodies of water thoroughly. Of course, we would also use that opportunity to go fishing, swimming, and bonding with each other.

When Summer Lost All Its Fun 

Although summer brought me so much joy at a young age, it did not manage to do the same for me when I became an adult, when I started working as a sales executive and did not get to go out as much as I did before. 

Once I got the job during wintertime, my mother already said, “Aww, you would be busy from now on. We would miss you at our lake-hopping sessions in the summer.” However, I was still pretty enthusiastic as I replied that I would do well at my job in the next few months to ask for at least a week off during summer. 

That week off never came, though. The most extended leave of absence I could take was two days, and they were not even during summertime when it was a peak season for the company. My parents started to joke that I was getting as pale as a vampire because I had not been getting much sunlight, but I only took their words to heart when I realized that I no longer felt excited about summer. If anything, it made me feel blue.

Can you have SAD in the summer?

 Yes, you can have SAD even during summer. It is quite common for people who seem to like cold seasons more.

What is summer sadness?

 Summer sadness is a symptom of a seasonal affective disorder that people experience when they get too much sun.

How do you deal with a seasonal affective disorder?

 Assuming you have seasonal affective disorder during wintertime, you should do the following:

  • Stay outdoors as much as possible. Something as simple as walking in the neighborhood or blowing the snow off the property will do you good.
  • Brighten up your home. Open your blinds or change your curtains into light colors so that your environment won’t seem gloomy and depress you further.
  • Try various physical activities. The more you work up a sweat, the more toxins will be released from your body, thus decreasing your depressive symptoms.
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Can depression make you confused?

 Yes, depression can make a person confused at times. The reason is that this mental disorder tends to alter brain function and induce short-term memory loss.

What are the five signs of mental illness?

  • You have an erratic sleeping pattern.
  • You do not want to see or talk to anyone.
  • Your mood fluctuates all the time.
  • You feel irritated or sad for hours or days.
  • You overthink and get paranoid.

What are the signs of a mental breakdown?

  • Depression
  • Unable to sleep
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Emotional highs and lows
  • Extreme anxiety and paranoia
  • Traumatic flashbacks
  • Hallucinations
  • Social avoidance
  • Poor eating and sleeping patterns
  • Poor work performance
  • Isolation

What are the first signs of going crazy?

  • You always feel sad.
  • Everything irritates you.
  • You seem confused all the time.
  • You are easily distracted.
  • Your mood swings often.
  • You avoid your loved ones.
  • Your energy never seems to go up.
  • Your empathy goes down.
  • You consider or start abusing substances.
  • You embrace suicidal thoughts.

What is a psychotic break?

 A psychotic break refers to when a person deals with psychosis symptoms, such as paranoia, delusions, and hallucinations.

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What is an emotional meltdown?

 An emotional meltdown is a period in which an individual experiences extreme emotional distress. It can be so severe that they cannot function normally.

What a meltdown feels like?

 A meltdown feels like you are losing control over your surroundings, to the extent that you withdraw from the rest of the world or do involuntary movements to cope with the situation.

Are meltdowns normal?

 Meltdowns are normal for young kids, yes. That is especially true if various trigger factors affect them continuously.

What is a meltdown for adults?

 A meltdown for adults refers to an outburst of emotion as they experience stress, anxiety, anger, and depression at once.

What is the difference between a meltdown and a tantrum?

 Meltdowns happen when you feel overwhelmed, while tantrums occur when you get frustrated for not getting what you want.

What causes meltdowns in adults?

 Unpleasant situations tend to cause meltdowns in adults most of the time, especially when they feel stressed and do not seem to get things right. Autism can also cause breakdowns.

What is an Asperger’s meltdown in adults?

An Asperger’s meltdown is the same for kids and adults. It is often caused by various triggers that make the person feel like they are not in control of their environment. As a result, they may behave erratically or close in on themselves.

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Final Thoughts

I talked to a mental health professional about my symptoms, and I was surprised to hear that seasonal affective disorder was more common than I assumed. I asked about any medication I could take to resolve it, but she said that there’s no better remedy than being under the sun, so I filed for sick leave and visited as many lakes as possible. In less than a week, I started to feel like my old bubbly self again.

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