You may not be aware of the known links between sunlight and mental health. Not only does the sun help produce vitamin D, but it’s beneficial to our brain’s seratonin levels, which helps boost moods. This is especially important because a low level of seratonin can equal depression. (See Benefits of Sunlight)
With that being said, sunlight or lack thereof is associated with Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as, Seasonal Depression or SAD. It affects over
3 million Americans a year
and can trigger depression and mood disorders.
What is SAD?
Change of appetite
Excessive sleep/ insomnia
Loss of interest
Feelings of hopelessness
While some people thrive during the summer and are affected by SAD during the winter, there are those who suffer from the opposite.
Seasonal Depression can also occur during the summer
Although less common, this is often referred to as reverse Seasonal Affective Disorder, onset SAD, or Summer Depression
1 out of 10 people.
Research shows that southern states of the US are affected more by reverse SAD than nothern states. This may be due to high heat temperature, which can be uncomfortable and agitating.
(FOR SAD & ONSET SAD)
Antidepressants and Psychotherapy (talk therapy)
- Click here to read 12 Signs You Suffer From Summer Depression (and suggestions to coping with onset SAD)
Walking and exercise may also help: