With the start of summer coming up, most people are starting to put away their light boxes for the season, while others are starting to take theirs out.¬† It may seem odd, but there is a much less common type of SAD, known as summer-onset depression.¬† It generally begins in the late spring or early summer and goes away with winter. But it is thought to affect less than 1% of the U.S. population.
Research has showed that suffers tend to experience different symptoms than their cold weather SAD equivalents. Summer-onset seasonal affective disorder symptoms include: Depression, anxiety, trouble sleeping (insomnia), irritability, agitation, weight loss, poor appetite, increased sex drive and suicidal thoughts and feelings.
Unlike winter-onset depression where you see sufferers with an increased appetite and increased sleep, you see a decreased appetite and insomnia. Most sufferers attribute their symptoms to summer heat.¬† There is very little evidence on how to best treat summer SAD, but some sufferers report relief by staying indoors and keeping cool.¬† It has been shown to respond to antidepressant medications. But talk to your doctor for additional help and advice, or if your side effects don‚Äôt go away or get worse.