How Can I Be Summertime SAD?!

It’s finally here!  Summer.  The days are longer, the sun seems to shine brighter, and your calendar has several notable entries instructing you that it is “time to relax.”  

Yet somehow you feel irritated, anxious, and even depressed.  

It’s possible that you could be experiencing summer onset sadness.  You’ve likely heard of the ‘winter blues’ or ‘seasonal affective disorder (SAD)’.  Well summer onset sadness is kinda like the winter blues…but in the summertime.  Researchers don’t fully understand all the reasons for summer SAD, but help is available. 

You may experience a host of symptoms ranging from difficulty sleeping, appetite changes, irritability, anxiety, and fatigue.  This list is by no means exhaustive and not intended to be diagnostic.   

Should you find yourself feeling down at any time of the year, don’t hesitate to seek professional support.  Share your symptoms with your medical provider.   Therapy can also be a valuable tool on your journey to feeling better.

If you or a loved one are interested in learning strategies to improve your mood no matter the season, feel free to reach out to our practice. We’d love to meet with you.


J. Oni Dakhari, PsyD is a psychologist, language and travel enthusiast, and gets really excited about learning.

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