Reverse seasonal affective disorder could be affecting mental health

It’s really hot outside.

Austin-area temperatures have reached triple digits this year earlier than in a typical year. This summer, which is expected to bring historic levels of oppressive heat, might have an effect beyond typical heat worries such as dehydration and heat stroke. It could affect people mentally, too.

We often think of seasonal affective disorder — commonly known as SAD — as something that happens in winter in places like Seattle, which sees many rainy, dry days, or New England, which experiences days of snow leading to cabin fever.

Reverse seasonal affective disorder is a real diagnosis that is felt by people in spring and summer, especially in warm weather areas.

People with reverse seasonal affective disorder can have symptoms such as decreased appetite and insomnia. Sometimes they have depression, but other times they might experience mania. Mania is marked by great overactivity, excitement, euphoria or delusions.