YSU professor says summer rain blues can be a physical condition

A YSU professor says all the rain may be affecting moods.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Gloomy weather can affect mood, and the Valley has seen a lot of it lately. This June is the third wettest since 1989.

Some may even have what is being called the summer rain blues. There is no scientific diagnosable condition by that name, but YSU Psychology Professor Dr. Mike Raulin says a lack of sun can affect our attitude.

“Our moods are affected by all kinds of things. We do feel better when the sun is out, but some for some people it is a bigger effect than it is for others,” Raulin said.

Seasons can affect some more than others. Raulin says it is called seasonal affective disorder. It happens mostly during the winter and goes away.

“The sunshine is good for us in a lot of ways and prolonged periods without the sunshine if very hard on us physically,” Raulin said.

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