Does Summer Make You SAD?


Most people have heard about Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as SAD. It’s most commonly associated with winter. Those affected by SAD have a difficult time with colder weather, shorter days, and less sunshine. Though not as common as experiencing SAD in the winter, SAD can also impact lives in the summer.

Summer Heat Can Trigger SAD

For those living in climates where the heat is exceptionally high during the summer, sometimes that heat makes everyday life more difficult. For example, many residents of southern states are used to breaking a sweat just walking from their front door to their cars during the summer. Temperatures break the 100-degree mark consistently in July and August. The temptation to stay indoors in air-conditioning can hamper plans. In a society already beleaguered by forced homestays due to the pandemic, this can prove problematic.

Schedule Changes Can Feel Stressful

Once summer rolls around, many schedule changes accompany it. Vacations that should be carefree can trigger anxiety in some people. Children who are now home from school all day can push a parent’s buttons. All of this can force changes in sleeping and eating patterns, causing stress in a person’s life.

Pressure to Be Fit and Active

Every summer brings on a slew of advertising designed to make the public feel bad about their looks. Pressure to lose weight and have a beach-ready body crops up everywhere. Advertising promotes the idea that a sunny day means exercising and playing sports outdoors. Not everyone feels they fit the ideal for either of these expectations. Feeling that they cannot fulfill these “standards” can add to the development of SAD.

Summer Social Time Can Promote Drinking

For a person suffering from alcohol or drug addiction, summer can be the season of temptation. Those in recovery may struggle with the myriad choices of parties, backyard barbecues, and holiday celebrations. Many times alcohol is a huge feature of these activities. This temptation can cause stress for someone trying to maintain their sobriety.

Many people think of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) as only occurring in the winter. However, some people find summer triggers their SAD symptoms. The heat, changes in schedules, and pressure to look good can contribute to this disorder. Summer activities focused on alcohol also cause issues for those in recovery. The Detox Center of Colorado offers programs that address addiction and co-occurring mental health issues. Our intimate residential setting provides a place to escape from pressure and achieve medically supervised detoxification. Call us today at (303) 952-5035 to find out how we can make every season count for you.

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