Seasonal Affective Disorder makes winter a misery for many children

When daylight saving time ends most people rejoice because this means that the festive season is on its way in. These people hardly mind losing a few hours of sun because of the family time that the holiday season brings with it. However, for other people the season means the start of seasonal affective disorder.

Many people do not realise that season affective disorder (known for short as SAD) is a depression that not only affects adults but also children. SAD is a specific type of depression that hits during the same time annually as the daylight hours shorten. For most people their symptoms will disappear again when spring comes back and brings daylight with it, but even though spring may cure the disorder for another few months it should not be ignored.

One of the common symptoms seen in children that experience SAD is sudden difficulty at school. Since depression can cause a child to have problems sleeping the end result is that a child has a hard time waking up for school so they are not getting the proper amount of rest that affects that performance at school. Concentration can also be interrupted by SAD since children will find themselves not able to concentrate fully on school work or a task that they have been assigned.

In order to determine if a child is suffering from SAD or not a doctor will carefully evaluate the fatigue and lack of energy that a parent have noted about their child. They will then rule out other medical conditions that could be causing it before they decide whether or not SAD may be the cause. There are different levels of severity once a diagnosis of SAD is made so this will influence the type of treatment a doctor will choose to prescribe.