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Does anyone else seem to have a summer version of Seasonal Affective Disorder?
As defined by Wikipedia: Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a mood disorder subset in which people who have normal mental health throughout most of the year exhibit depressive symptoms at the same time each year, most commonly in winter.Common symptoms include sleeping too much, having little to no energy, and overeating. The condition in the summer can include heightened anxiety.


Around 20 years ago, I noticed that I became irritable and even more introverted than normal during the summer months when it was brutally hot where I lived at the time. S.A.D. was already a thing, but it was almost exclusively attributed to winter months and people thought I was just being a "weirdo" or "faking" when I told them that summer brings me misery.

It's not that I don't enjoy warmer weather sometimes when on vacation or something - I love a nice beach and cocktail. It's the horrible feeling of walking outside into what feels like a sauna and instantly sweating and breathing fire every single day for months. I couldn't stand it and it really affected my mood, and eventual mental health.

I live in a much cooler climate now and am thankful for that, but even with the "new" definition of S.A.D. above that includes spring and summer seasons, I feel like summer S.A.D. is rare.

Am I alone in this?

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