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The Summer Blues: Understanding and Coping with Seasonal Depression

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By: Adam Greenberg, LCSW

Adam Greenberg, LCSW

For many, summer is synonymous with sun-soaked vacations, outdoor activities, and a general sense of joy and freedom. However, for some individuals, the season can bring an unexpected bout of depression. Contrary to the common belief that depression is more prevalent in the winter months, summer depression is a recognized phenomenon that can significantly impact one's mental health. Understanding this condition and recognizing the benefits of therapy can provide individuals with healthy coping mechanisms to navigate these challenging times.

The Normalcy of Summer Depression

Summer depression, also known as reverse Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), affects a significant number of people. Unlike the more commonly known winter SAD, which is linked to reduced sunlight exposure, summer depression can be triggered by factors unique to the warmer months. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), symptoms of summer depression can include insomnia, loss of appetite, weight loss, and heightened anxiety . The disruption of regular routines, social pressure to enjoy the season, and physical discomfort from heat can contribute to these feelings.

Factors Contributing to Summer Depression

Several factors can lead to an increase in depressive symptoms during the summer:

  1. Disrupted Routines - The structured environment provided by work or school often diminishes during the summer, leading to a sense of aimlessness or lack of purpose. This disruption can exacerbate feelings of anxiety and depression.

  2. Social Comparison - The pressure to engage in social activities and the pervasive portrayal of the "perfect summer" on social media can lead to feelings of inadequacy and isolation for those who do not conform to these ideals.

  3. Heat and Humidity - Extreme temperatures can cause physical discomfort, irritability, and lethargy, all of which can negatively impact mental health. Research indicates that high temperatures are associated with increased levels of distress and lower mood.

The Benefits of Therapy for Summer Depression

Therapy can be an invaluable resource for individuals struggling with summer depression. Here’s how:

  1. Developing Healthy Coping Mechanisms - A therapist can help individuals identify specific triggers and develop personalized coping strategies. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), for example, is effective in addressing negative thought patterns and behaviors associated with depression.

  2. Establishing Routine and Structure - Therapy can assist in creating a consistent daily routine, which can provide a sense of normalcy and purpose. Regular activities and goal setting can mitigate the disorienting effects of a disrupted schedule.

  3. Emotional Support and Validation - Regular sessions with a therapist provide a safe space to express feelings and receive validation. Understanding that one’s experience is valid and not uncommon can alleviate the isolation often felt during depressive episodes.

  4. Stress Management Techniques - Therapists can teach relaxation techniques, mindfulness, and stress management practices that are particularly useful in managing anxiety and improving overall mood during the summer months.


Experiencing depression during the summer is more common than many realize, and it is important to acknowledge and address it just as one would with any other mental health concern. Recognizing the signs of summer depression and seeking therapy can equip individuals with the tools needed to navigate this challenging period. Therapy offers a range of benefits, from developing coping mechanisms to providing emotional support, all of which contribute to improved mental health and well-being.

If you or someone you know is struggling with summer depression, reaching out to a mental health professional can be a crucial step towards recovery. Remember, seeking help is a sign of strength, and everyone deserves to enjoy the brightness of summer without the shadow of depression.


  1. National Institute of Mental Health. (2022). "Seasonal Affective Disorder." NIMH.
  2. Sandberg-Thoma, S. E., Snyder, A. R., & Jang, J. B. (2015). "Social Comparisons, Social Media, and Mental Health: The Impact of Social Media Use on Depression and Anxiety." Computers in Human Behavior, 51, 157-168.
  3. Obradovich, N., Migliorini, R., Mednick, S. C., & Fowler, J. H. (2017). "Nighttime Temperature and Human Sleep Loss in a Changing Climate." Science Advances, 3(5), e1601555.
  4. Cuijpers, P., Karyotaki, E., Weitz, E., Andersson, G., Hollon, S. D., van Straten, A., & Strunk, D. (2014). "The Effects of Psychotherapy for Adult Depression are Overestimated: A Meta-Analysis of Study Quality and Effect Size." Psychological Medicine, 44(13), 2673-2686.

About the Author...

Mr. Greenberg is dedicated to his clients' well-being, guiding them through life's challenges, including anxiety, depression, communication issues, couple conflicts, and more. He offers a variety of coping strategies and emotional support.

What sets him apart from other therapists, is his ability to implement humor into therapy, promoting a positive perspective on adversity. With a passion for helping others, his diverse career experiences enable him to connect with individuals from various backgrounds.

Mr. Greenberg graduated with honors from Fordham University Graduate School of Social Services. Prior to pursuing a career as a therapist, he accumulated a wealth of experience through working in over 15 diverse jobs spanning 4-5 distinct careers. This journey, complemented by extensive travel and cultural immersion, has uniquely shaped Mr. Greenberg, enabling him to connect with individuals from a wide array of ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

Click here to contact or learn more about Adam Greenberg

Last Update: 6/25/2024

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