Psychiatrists believe spring-onset depression may be due in part to various transitions, such as the end of the school year, ramp-up to graduations in May and June, or relocation associated with the season. “This is disruptive to routine,” said Naomi Torres-Mackie, a clinical psychologist with Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City and head of research at the Mental Health Coalition. “Any time there’s something new to get used to, it can be taxing psychologically.”
And if the spring isn’t living up to the expectations set during winter, it can be all that more difficult. “I think of it as the spring let-down,” Torres-Mackie said. “Feelings of disappointment can really impact your mood.”
Other stressors in warmer months can also contribute. These include travel expenses and even body-image issues when people wear less clothing, said Dr. Samar McCutcheon, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral health at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
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