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It’s no surprise that lots of children and teenagers are having a tough time coping with this uniquely challenging winter. Short tempers, bad moods, low energy — parents are seeing it all, even from kids who are ordinarily cheerful.

If you’ve noticed a shift in your child’s mood or behavior as the season changes, you might have wondered if seasonal affective disorder (sometimes abbreviated SAD) could be involved. But what exactly is seasonal affective disorder, and how do you know if your child is experiencing it? Read on for help understanding this sometimes-confusing diagnosis, plus tips to help your child thrive this winter, whether or not they’re experiencing SAD.

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Does your Child have Seasonal Affective Disorder?