Publication Date

2006

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)

Department

Counselor Education

Abstract

Discusses the importance of understanding and treating Seasonal Affective Disorder in children and adolescents. A study was conducted to determine the extent to which the seasonal pattern of the natural world affects students, and to what degree mood, motivation and overall academic performance are influenced. The methods used in this study were described, including setting, participants, procedure, and evaluations. The findings were detailed along with a discussion about the implications of the results. Included in the literature review was the historical understanding of seasonal influences and the effects on seasons on the human mind and body. Symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder were described as well as specific indications in children and adolescents. Finally, various treatments and lifestyle changes to reduce the symptoms and challenges of SAD in children and adolescents were introduced and explored.

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