Signs & Symptoms


  • Grades declining as a result of incomplete work or missing school

  • Failure to engage in the classroom

  • Struggles to communicate with other classmates or educators

  • Starting fights or arguments with other classmates

  • Struggles to work effectively but as the day goes on, improves


  • Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much

  • Difficulty doing what is asked of them

  • Withdrawn from family and friends

  • Irritable towards family and friends, picking fights

  • Appears to be emotionally disconnected

  • Loss of appetite


  • Avoid spending time outside of home

  • Spending time with friends who also suffer from depression

  • Declining invitations to spend time with friends

  • Substance use increases 

Seasonal Affective Disorder

Does Your Child Need Help?


  • Primary care doctors

  • Pediatricians

  • Mental health care providers

    • Therapists​

    • Youth workers

    • Social workers

Types of Helpful Therapies:

  • Cognitive behavioral 

  • Trauma-focused cognitive behavioral

  • Interpersonal psychotherapy



Relaxation techniques

Avoid substance use

Balanced, healthy diet and regular sleep schedule

Are they having suicidal thoughts?

Call or Text


SAD is a type of depression that occurs at certain times throughout the year, most commonly in the fall and winter seasons.

Additional Resources

Contact Us

PHONE: 515.339.3837

4801 Franklin Ave. 

Des Moines, IA 50310


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