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Does seasonal affective disorder affect children differently than adults?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is more prevalent in adults than it is in children, but symptoms can begin to crop up during adolescence. While symptoms of SAD are similar no matter what age the affected person is, the consequences of having SAD can be much more far-reaching with children. Teenagers, for instance, may struggle with their self-esteem during episodes of SAD, especially if they do not understand what is affecting their mood. A child may have difficulty recognizing SAD symptoms as anything more than just feeling tired or may be too embarrassed to admit having a form of depression. It is important for adults to recognize these symptoms in children in order to administer proper treatment.

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