By definition, Seasonal Affective Disorder is a subtype of major depression. SAD symptoms are known to usually last four to five months. Therefore, seasonal affective disorder in children is not considered a separate disorder, but is a type of depression that is distinguished by its recurrent, seasonal patterns.
The biggest difference to note is that depressive episodes can occur any time during the year and are often more intense compared to SAD, which disappears when the weather gets warmer again.
Now that we’ve established what SAD is, let’s take a look at some practical tips you can implement to help improve seasonal depression in kids, in addition to seeking professional treatment from a health care provider.