Kids with Seasonal Affective Disorder

Even though the new school year is in full swing, kids still have plenty of time to play outside in the sunshine before dinner.

Yet as the sun starts to set earlier each night and daylight savings time ends in November, a sneaky form of depression called seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, can become a problem for some children.

For kids with a severe form of SAD that’s impacting their functioning, phototherapy— sitting in front of a light box for about 30 minutes each day— can help.


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