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Seasonal affective disorder is related to seasonal variations in light during the fall and winter months. With less daylight, our Melatonin production increases which impacts our sleep-wake cycle. Symptoms of seasonal affective disorder include a depressed mood, low energy or fatigue, difficulty concentrating, irritability, over sleeping and weight gain. As parents, we often think if our kids are sad and stressed during the school year that it must be related to a busy schedule, more pressure or academic rigor. Perhaps it is. But, if you notice a pattern of concerns, talk to your child’s pediatrician. There are ways to manage

seasonal affective disorder and also available are various treatment options that your pediatrician can discuss with you.

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Unfortunately, people with body image issues, food issues and eating disorders might find the holiday season terrifying. They might feel vulnerable and emotionally unsafe and revert to their food issues to restore a sense of control and self/protection. Discover ways that you can support your child with an eating disorder during the holidays.

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