SAD in the Summer?

“Summertime, and the living is easy.” Amen to that. I love summer. Credit it to spending much of my childhood in Florida, but I actually like being hot and sweaty. My absolute favorite place to be is on a beach with sun on my face and my toes digging into hot sand. I crave and need sunshine like a growing plant. And I think it’s safe to say that most of the population is the same way. Just think of how many people will lie outside on the grass on the first warm day in spring.

Our Judith Wurtman wrote about the having the winter blues in the summer, due to the weather in her part of the country switching between lack of sun and weather that’s too hot to go out and enjoy the sun. But what if your down mood in the summer is more serious than a case of the blues?

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Treating Seasonal Affective Disorder

As I said in a previous SharePost , there are other ways to treat mild to moderate Seasonal Affective Disorder besides light therapy. They include exercise, cognitive therapy and increased exposure to natural light. However, if those measures don’t alleviate your SAD, you probably want to look into light therapy. Since it should be conducted under the direction of your doctor, I’m just going to explore it here in general.

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