Wet, chilly, dull: no surprise we're all feeling a bit fed up
If news that we are suffering the wettest, coldest, dullest summer on record is getting you down - you're not alone.
Sales of mood-boosting supplements usually taken during the dark winter months have soared as rainfall levels have rocketed in recent weeks. Schwabe Pharma UK, manufacturer of the St John’s Wort supplement KarmaMood, reports a 115% increase in sales for June 2012 compared with the same period in 2011. Provisional figures from the Met office show that the UK received 145.3mm of rainfall in June 2012, beating the previous record of 136.2mm seen in June 2007 - and more than double the average for the month. The damp, chilly conditions we've been enduring are causing a mood dip equivalent to the SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) winter depression that affects an estimated 3 million of us through the winter months. Now even GPs are having to deal with summer instances of it.
Dr David Edwards, a GP from Oxfordshire, says, 'Due to the unseasonably poor weather in May and June, people who already have a major problem with depression have been having relapses.'
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