I can't tell you have many people have told me that the incessant sun and warmth is getting them down... making them feel anxious or depressed. Well, I did some checking online and believe it or not, there is a real syndrome that strikes many thousands of folks during warm, sunny stretches: Summer SAD(Seasonal Affective Disorder), summer mania, and other names. And it seems the people who live in a generally cool, cloudy area...at least in winter (like us and England)....are particularly susceptible. Surprisingly, quite a few articles on it. For example:
Here is a striking quote from an individual that came from Seattle:
"It's the unrelenting sun day after day after day," she says. "I feel like I'm trapped and there's no relief from it. At my lowest point [last summer] I just wanted to die."
Or how about this one:
Or an article describing SUMMER MANIA. You know this has to be true because of the huge number of degrees held by the author (B.A.ED., M.S., R.Sc.P, and Rs.D).
Consider this one, describing how up to 600,000 Britons suffer from this affliction. How many of you look fearfully out of the window at sun and warmth? Close your curtains to the sun?
The Mayo Clinic describes Summer SAD (see article here) and lists its symptoms:
- Trouble sleeping (insomnia)
- Weight loss
- Poor appetite
- Increased sex drive
Don't worry, help is on the way.
Take a look at the forecast 24-h precipitation ending 5 PM on Saturday. Really heavy precipitation over southwestern B.C., the Olympics and the north Cascades...as much as 2-5 inches! Our dry spell when end in a bang, if not a flood.