Is There A Reverse Form Of SAD?

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There are cases of people who have what is essentially a reverse form of SAD. They feel depressed and lethargic in the summer months when the days are long and warm, and they feel better and have more energy in the wintertime when the days are shorter and darker. It’s unusual, but it’s very real to people who struggle with it.

A Genetic Cause?

There is speculation that SAD has a genetic cause to it. In other words, a genetic mutation makes some people undersensitive to sunlight and they don’t feel as well in the darker, colder months when the days are shorter. If that’s the case, it’s only logical that a genetic mutation could also cause some people to feel worse in the long, sunny days of summer.

What About Environmental Factors?

Someone who lives in a very hot, humid climate might not enjoy the summer as much as someone who lives in a cooler or drier climate, simply because it’s difficult to do things outside when the weather is incredibly warm and sticky. This could lead someone to eventually feel bad in the summers and better when the weather cools down.

What To Tell Your Doctor

If you have SAD, talk with your doctor about treatment options. He can help you decide what’s right for you, and you can try several different things until you get it just right. That’s a great way to find what works for you.

Don’t try to go it alone, because sad can be very debilitating. No matter when you experience it, it’s something that should be properly treated.