4 Tips to Prevent Summer Depression

Gandy's flip flopsLast summer I met a friend for coffee. I cried through most of our hour together, as I was in the midst of a severe depression episode.

At one point, she folded her hands on the table, looked intently into my eyes, and said, “It’s a hard time of year.”

I started laughing … because we say that about every season. Autumn seems to bring anxiety with all of its change. Winter’s short days are difficult for those of us who need lots of sunlight. And Spring actually has the highest suicide rates of any other season.

But, yes, summer is a hard time of year, especially if you need structured days, or like the house to yourself, or can’t stand the heat. In fact, 10 percent of those diagnosed with Seasonal Affective Disorder suffer symptoms at the brightest time of the year. Because my two biggest breakdowns have happened in the summer, I know that I have to be proactive about having sanity boosters in place, ideally before school lets out. Here are a few of them.

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3 thoughts on “4 Tips to Prevent Summer Depression

  1. I have added you to my pray list early morning.

    I wish my 40 year old would seek help instead of cussing and abusing us. We did not cause her depression or what ever she has. Can depression cause such a change in personality?
    She snapped over night from ” please advise me” to ” I hate you.”
    Her heart is so full of Hate.

  2. Hi,

    I read your blog on a regular basis.

    I wonder if you have ever done any articles that involved retiring from work when you have dealt with depression for years. I am wondering about time scheduling, and my fear is also that I will become depressed without the structure. I thought long and hard about leaving work, and believe it was the best decision for me.

    I would be interested if you have anything that you could share with me.

    Thank you,

    Becca Huston

    On Monday, June 16, 2014, Therese J. Borchard wrote: > Therese Borchard posted: “Last summer I met a friend for coffee. I cried through most of our hour together, as I was in the midst of a severe depression episode. At one point, she folded her hands on the table, looked intently into my eyes, and said, “It’s a hard time of year.”” >

  3. I’m enjoying you articles! Can you write something on sun lamps? I’ve always wondered if they really work??? Thanks!

    Tonya Barker

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