Many of us may associate summer with fun but not for people with summer-onset seasonal affective disorder (SAD).
What is SAD?
SAD is a mood disorder that usually occurs at the same time each year. While it’s more common during winter, it can happen during summer too.
Unlike winter-onset SAD where one tends to overeat and oversleep, people who have summer-onset depression suffers from insomnia, loss of appetite, and anxiety.
Why it happens?
Summer-onset SAD is attributed to too much sun, which can turn off the production of the hormone melatonin. Melatonin, which only comes out in the dark, drives the sleep-wake cycle. So, longer days mean fewer production of the hormone.
There are certain groups of people who are more prone to developing SAD. These include women, those with a family history of SAD, have bipolar disorder or clinical depression, and those who live near the equator.
What are the signs and symptoms?
People who suffer from summer-onset SAD may have trouble in sleeping, feel depressed most of the day, have difficulty concentrating, feel hopeless, and may even have suicidal thoughts.
What to do about it?
Seeking darkened rooms, staying in a cool environment, and talking to a professional can help in managing summer-onset SAD. However, if you do not have any success from these conventional treatment methods, there’s another therapy that can help you – TMS.
TMS or transcranial magnetic stimulation is a noninvasive procedure that is shown to be effective for people with mood disorders.
Schedule an appointment with us to find out if this treatment suits you well.