The Method: A Focus On Children's Health

Jan 30, 2015

Winter's gloomy days and long nights can contribute to seasonal affective disorder in children as well as adults.
Credit National Park Service

The edition of The Method focuses on issues surrounding children’s health.

Seasonal Affective Disorder is a temporary depression that often shows up in the winter. You may think of it as a problem only for adults. But the American Academy of Pediatrics estimates three percent of children between the ages of 9 and 17 suffer from it. Child and adolescent psychiatrist John Kupfner of Peninsula Lighthouse in East Tennessee says  he believes the condition is under-diagnosed in children.

Then, Chrissy Keuper speaks with two University of Tennessee researchers who are studying the effects of a certain surgical procedure used to improve walking and stability for children with cerebral palsy.

ONLINE EXTRA: Listen to a longer version of Chrissy's conversation with Misagh Mansouri and Jeff Reinboldt.