Saturday, October 16, 2021

Feeling Summer Sadness


Dear Coach,

I’ve heard about SADD, the depressive disorder some people experience during winter’s dark days. However, I’m feeling something similar here in Southwest Florida this summer. Is this my imagination or is it possible?

Sadly Sunny

Dear Sadly,

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Believe it or not, you may be on to something. According to psychiatrist Prakash Masand, MD, founder of COPE: Centers of Psychiatric Excellence, seasonal depression rates can be higher in the summer in traditionally warm climates like Southwest Florida. Experts think the lethargy that comes with sweltering heat could play a small role. Also, your rate of activity may have declined due to the heat which could also be a factor in your psychological well-being.

Here are a couple of tips to help you feel better:

  • Just as people who experience SADD schedule a trip to the beach in the winter, consider a trip to the mountains or another cool location for a week this summer.
  • Keep water with you. Even mild dehydration can cause your mood to dip.
  • Check on your sleep. If your sleep is interrupted due to heat or your routine, this too can cause mild depression.
  • Get back to exercise. If it is too hot for your usual walk on the beach, change it up with a trip to the gym or the YMCA.

If you’re more than mildly depressed, have feelings of hopelessness, or serious insomnia, please seek professional advice

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