by A. Grano on July 26th, 2011 at 7:00 am
With notably longer days and welcoming warm breezes, it’s hard to imagine that anyone could be depressed during the summer months. However, for a small percentage of people, seasonal affective disorder wreaks havoc on emotions during the summer months, known as reverse seasonal affective disorder, or summer depression.
Common symptoms of summer depression include the following:
- Poor appetite
- Weight loss
- Sleep disorders (such as Insomnia)
- Crying spells
- Trouble concentrating
Similar to winter-onset seasonal affective disorder, reverse seasonal affective disorder appears every year around the same time (and likewise disappears in the same fashion). While winter SAD is linked to a lack of sunlight, the exact causes of summer SAD is unclear, but may be related to a person’s sensitivity to excessive brightness, or as some research suggests, may be due to intolerance to higher temperatures.
Help for seasonal depression
Herbal remedies can help balance moods, without side effects, including St. John’s wort, Passiflora and Skullcap. Homeopathic remedies such as Calc carb and Alumina can also help to address feelings of anxiousness, fatigue and low mood. Nat mur and Kali phos are also useful in alleviating feelings of hopelessness and melancholy.
Lifestyle changes combined with natural remedies can offer the most effective results.
- Be sure to eat a well-balanced diet
- Exercise regularly
- Get support – whether it’s from a support group, friends and/or family
- Minimize stress levels by practicing deep breathing exercises, meditation, or yoga
- Incorporate joy into your daily life by pursuing hobbies that make you happy
- Explore counseling or psychotherapy if your condition does not improve with a holistic approach
SAD Soother™ Homeopathic remedy relieves depression related to seasonal affective disorder
Melancholy Lift™ Homeopathic remedy relieves feelings of melancholy, sadness, grief and weepiness