I’ve got conflicted feelings about summer. First of all, summer seems to be the time when I develop new symptoms. Last summer, it was my psychosis. This summer, it seems to be a worsening of my depression.
I sometimes also find summer a bit difficult because of the increased emphasis on being social, drinking, and going out. I’m much more of a home body, and sometimes I feel overwhelmed because I’m being too social. It doesn’t help that I’m not really drinking this summer, due to my new medication. Luckily, my boyfriend is completely understanding, and we don’t schedule too many social or drinky things in a week.
I’ve already talked about my feelings about body image and how that worsens for me during the summer. And specifically I get really hot and sweaty with the heat, especially at night. Which is really annoying, because I really love to cuddle with my boyfriend before we go to sleep, and I get super self-conscious about how sweaty I am! He says it doesn’t bother him (bless), but I get all worked up about it all the same. It makes me feel gross and undesirable.
But summer is also (generally) a time of increased sunshine and heat, which also tends to lessen my SAD. According to the NHS, SAD is:
SAD is sometimes known as “winter depression” because the symptoms are more apparent and tend to be more severe during the winter.
The symptoms often begin in the autumn as the days start getting shorter. They’re typically most severe during December, January and February.
SAD often improves and disappears in the spring and summer, although it may return each autumn and winter in a repetitive pattern.
It’s nice in the summer because I don’t have to use my SAD lamp (more about this here) and the fact that the days are longer just generally lifts my mood. I hate getting up in the dark in the winter in particular!
What particular problems do you face with your mental health in summer?
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