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Nebraska experts warn of seasonal affective disorder in children during the winter

LINCOLN, Neb. (Nebraska) — Seasonal affective disorder affects 10 million Americans each year, according to Health Research Funding.

Michael Pella of CHI Health says there are many factors that can cause the disorder.

“It can be the change, or it can be the position of the individual,” Pella said. “Usually people who live in the northern part of the United States where it’s colder can affect children the most.”

Due to a lack of research into prevention, Pella said help comes in the form of light therapy or prescription medications.

Pella says parents should pay attention to their children’s role models before considering whether or not to seek further help.

“Just because their moods have changed doesn’t automatically mean they have a diagnosis of seasonal affective disorder,” she said. “But if they’ve noticed changes in normal behavior like sleeping, eating, their mood, then check with your primary care provider doctor or contact a mental health specialist.”

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