Can S.A.D. be diagnosed in individuals with learning disabilities?

Can S.A.D. be diagnosed in individuals with learning disabilities, with severe communication difficulties?

Seasonal Affective Disorder is essentially depression that appears or becomes more severe during months when the days are shorter and there is less exposure to sunlight. It is usually possible to diagnose depression based on observed symptoms, such as significantly lowered energy/motivation, decreased capacity for pleasure, sense of hopelessness or other obvious signs of worsened mood.

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