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Doctor insights on: Are Tanning Beds Good Treatments For Seasonal Affective Disorder

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Are tanning beds good treatments for seasonal affective disorder?

Are tanning beds good treatments for seasonal affective disorder?

No: Tanning beds use invisible ultraviolet light. The lights we use to treat sad is bright visible light, with open eyes". ...Read more

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Tanning refers to attending exposing oneself to the sun, or a tanning salon, for the purpose of darkening the skin, for cosmetic reasons. Occasionally, tanning is for medical reasons to relieve some symptoms ...Read more


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Are tanning beds good for people with seasonal affective disorder?

Are tanning beds good for people with seasonal affective disorder?

Tanning beds: Tanning beds are dangerous and are not a treatment for seasonal affective. However light therapy can be very effective in reducing SAD symptoms ...Read more

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Are tanning beds useful to help alleviate the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder?

Are tanning beds useful to help alleviate the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder?

Seasonal disorder: Light therapy is a way to treat seasonal affective disorder (sad) by exposure to artificial light. Seasonal affective disorder is a type of depression that occurs at a certain time each year, usually in the fall or winter.The light from a light box mimics outdoor light. This is thought to cause a chemical change in the brain that lifts your mood. This is not the same light as a tanning bed. ...Read more

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What are the best medications for seasonal affective disorder? I have contraindications for the sad lamps, take vitamin d3, & melatonin gives headache

What are the best medications for seasonal affective disorder? I have contraindications for the sad lamps, take vitamin d3, & melatonin gives headache

How about an SSRI?: You may take zoloft (sertraline) or Celexa for 6 months each year for seasonal affective disorder. Symptoms of disturbance to (sleep, interests, guilty feelings, energy level, concentration, appetite, or mood) may be significantly improved with a simple single pill daily. ...Read more

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What are some natural remedies for seasonal affective disorder?

Light: The most natural and best remedy for sad is bright light therapy, administered at about 10, 000 lux brightness (at a distance of 1.5 feet) for 30-45 minutes twice a day. There are no other proven natural therapies for sad, although evening melatonin has been helpful in a study or two. ...Read more

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How effective are light boxes they sell for seasonal depression?

How effective are light boxes they sell for seasonal depression?

LIght therapy: Light therapy can be very effective for the treatment of seasonal affective disorder and depression. Mayo Clinic has an excellent article on light boxes at :http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/seasonal-affective-disorder/in-depth/seasonal-affective-disorder-treatment/art-20048298 ...Read more

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For seasonal affective disorder, is there a difference between full-spectrum and light therapy lamps?

For seasonal affective disorder, is there a difference between full-spectrum and light therapy lamps?

Shouldn't be: The light therapy lamps should be using full-spectrum bulbs, and should say that somewhere on the package. If not, i would avoid them and use a product that uses this description. The ott lights were the original bulbs of this type, and can now be found in many hardware stores (lowes, home depot, etc.). ...Read more

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What are effective treatments for type 2 bipolar disorder while pregnant?

What are effective treatments for type 2 bipolar disorder while pregnant?

Tricky...: This is a very tricky situation because most medications are not safe in pregnancy. Depending on severity of symptoms, you may need to reduce to a basic ssri with close monitoring of symptoms. Some docs will also okay ECT for very severe symptoms but this is controversial. ...Read more

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What are the tests for seasonal affective disorder?

What are the tests for seasonal affective disorder?

Tests?: There is no commercial laboratory study or imaging study that determines whether sad is present. There are a few rating scales that you could complete that would asdist a clinician in making that determination. Generally a thorough psych evaluation can determine its presence. The largest determining factor is. The telationsip of between the seasons and mood over the years. ...Read more

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Where can I buy lights for seasonal affective disorders?

Where can I buy lights for seasonal affective disorders?

Light store: Most stores specializing in lighting fixtures have a stock of light bulbs which include those with a spectrum for sad. You can also get them in stores that sell fixtures for growing plants indoors. As a last resort, try the internet. ...Read more

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Is light therapy effective for seasonal depression?

Is light therapy effective for seasonal depression?

Many pts say yes: Many of my sad pts say it helps them. Many benefit from wellbutrin (bupropion) as well. ...Read more

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What are the best seasonal affective disorder remmedies?

What are the best seasonal affective disorder remmedies?

SAD: SAD is now referred to as Depressive Disorder with Seasonal Pattern in DSM 5. It is a subtype of depression. Treating seasonal affective disorder: Light therapy can be very effective. Psychotherapy and psychotropic medications can also be beneficial. Consider a tropical vacation when it is cold back home. See: ...Read more

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Is sun good for depression?

Is sun good for depression?

Yes: Measured sunlight can be quite helpful in treating depression. Like most things in life, you can get too much of a good thing so use adequate spf protection. ...Read more

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How is indoor tanning better/worse than current biological and other uv in office treatment ?

How is indoor tanning better/worse than current biological and other uv in office treatment ?

Indoor tanning: Indoor tanners are 74% more likely to develop melanoma than those who have never tanned indoors. One indoor tanning session a year while in high school or college boosted development of basal cell carcinoma(bcc) to 10%, more than 6 times a year had an 82% higher risk of bcc. Over 200 treatments of office uvb causes skin cancer development. Tanning beds and sun exposure increases skin cancer. ...Read more

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What are effective treatments for social anxiety at college?

What are effective treatments for social anxiety at college?

Local physician: In my experience in treating college students, I have found that a combination of medications and psychotherapy works best. Whether you see a psychiatrist at home on occasion, or one near school, is up to you. The medications are safe and effective. Then, you can find a therapist at school to work with you there. Doing therapy without meds is sometimes not effective. ...Read more

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Can spirulina be effective for treatment of depression and schizophrenia ?

No. : Better to see a psychiatrist and be evaluated and receive appropriate meds for schizophrenia (especially) and depression. Stick with it! good luck. ...Read more