21. Summertime Depression IS Real
The most common seasonal depression cases occur in winter but apparently, summertime sadness is also for real. Sunlight or rather being exposed to too much sunlight may increase general body heat, cause us to sweat more, and generally increase irritability. Melanin production which enables the body’s natural sleep cycle is turned off when a person is exposed to too much sunlight.
Men generally report severe symptoms associated with summertime depression but it tends to affect more women in general. People who live closer to the equator or in places that receive a high amount of sunlight throughout the year are more likely to experience this. Patients with bipolar disorder also report experiencing this kind of depression.