Seasonal depression also affects summer
15/06/2019 - Do you hate the summer? Can't stand the heat? The blinding light of the sun puts you down? If so you may suffer from seasonal depression The SAD (from English seasonal affective disorder, playing on the fact that sad means sad) can strike also in this season and not only in autumn or winter. The weather conditions can in fact negatively affect mood, so much so that we talk about SAD when we are witnessing a significant climate and environmental change. We must not underestimate it
The first to identify this disorder was Norman Rosenthal, professor of psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington. It must be said immediately that the summer form affects far fewer people than in autumn. Those affected experience the summer as a period of particular difficulty. According to experts, summer SAD should not be underestimated. "It is a serious condition - warns Rosenthal - because it leads to little and bad sleep, to eat less and can even lead to a real depression". As is known, depression is a real systemic disease that affects many of our body's organs. Here you can read about the symptoms of depression and find out when you can talk about depression.
What are the symptoms?
The symptoms must last for at least two consecutive summers.
The energies fall, one closes oneself in oneself, one becomes more lazy than usual and the interest also decreases towards the activities that we generally like. We become melancholy, nostalgic, we feel abandoned.
What are the causes?
There are many theories, but so far there are no definite answers to this question.
According to some, melatonin plays an important role. Due to the many hours of light, the body produces significantly less. Melatonin is the neurotransmitter that allows us to fall asleep. It is secreted when darkness arrives.
Another hypothesis concerns circadian rhythm disorders always determined by prolonged sun irradiation. Put simply, there are many more hours of daylight.
In reality there are no important scientific studies that have dealt with it, precisely because the summer SAD involves few individuals. It is estimated that it affects 10% of people interesting from SAD. This means that 1% of the general population suffers.