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Seasonal Affective Disorder can happen in the summertime, too

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ENDWELL (WBNG) -- When you think of Seasonal Affective Disorder, winter often comes to one's mind. Since the word "seasonal" is used, it can apply to any time of the year, such as summer.

Gloria Block, a family nurse practitioner with Endwell Family Physicians, says it's on the spectrum of depression and there can be varying degrees on intensity.

Signs to look out for include lack of motivation, trouble being social, not wanting to go outside, and feeling sad.

"This is depression. So it acts like depression, it behaves like depression," says Block. "We've given it the title seasonal because it tends to be, for some people, just in that season. So it's not a different illness or symptom presentation, it's just the way we categorize it."

If you're experiencing what may be Seasonal Affective Disorder during the summer months, Block suggests reaching out to your primary care provider. In an emergency, she advises walking into Binghamton General Hospital or another area hospital to receive services. Counseling is another option to enroll in when the season approaches as a preventative measure.

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