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Can Regular Fluorescent Ceiling Lights Help With 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 fluorescent light. ...Read more
Wikipedia states:in the diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorderss dsm-iv and dsm-5, its status was changed. It is no longer classified as a unique mood disorder, but is a specifier for recurrent major depressive disorder called with seasonal pattern that occurs at a specific time of the year ...Read more
Does light therapy help your seasonal affective disorder? Will regular halogen or fluorescent lights work?
Yes: Light therapy is the most effective treatment for sad. Light boxes are no more than a bank of fluorescent bulbs with reflector shields to concentrate the light to about 5000 - 10, 000 lux at 2 ft. Some evidence suggests that lower end of the visible spectrum (i.e. Blue) may contain the most effective wavelengths. Halogen lights don't deliver much blue light and haven't been studied in sad. ...Read more
Will full spectrum light bulb for a regular lamp ward off symptoms of seasonal affective disorder?
No: Using light therapy to tx sad is not that simple. The duration of time spent using a sad lamp, the time of day it is used, the consistency of use and a quality sad lamp are all critical factors in successfully using light to tx a seasonal depression.Check out http://northernlighttechnologies.Com/, a canadian company that has been around a long time. ...Read more
See your doctor: Please see your doctor for a referral to a psychiatrist. Have a full evaluation. Various treatments include phototherapy lights at a minimum of 10, 000 lx for at least one half hour the day. Wellbutrin has also been approved for seasonal affective disorder. An off label use is Inderal 40 mg taken between 5:30 and 6am daily. Best wishes. ...Read more
What should I do when someone is having S A D seasonal affective disorder....???? Can foods help? Need medication or sunlight????
Sunlight or lights: that mimic sunlight (full spectrum lights) can help with SAD. It is something like other types of depression, since getting up and out (especially on sunnier days, even when they are cold) can help. I don't know of any foods that help. Alcohol can however hinder anyone who is depressed, since it is a depressant. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Special UV lights: Lights for sad are special uv lights. ...Read more
SAD, depression: Consult with a psychiatrist or mental health professional to make sure that's what you have, unless they diagnosed it. They might have additional suggestions and treatments. You can look at this or other websites as well: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0002499/. ...Read more
What should i do if someone who's 18 is having seasonal affective disorder??? What helps?? Food,medications or natural sunlight?
Bright white light: Several lamps are available. See http://www.verilux.com/learn-more/winter-blues/. Less expensive lamps are on http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=sad+light+box&tag=hydsma-20&index=aps&hvadid=16173424074&hvpos=1t1&hvexid=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=145633422301704676. See http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/seasonal-affective-disorder/in-depth/seasonal-affective-disorder-treatment/art-20048298 ...Read more
Bad idea: There is a much safer way to treat seasonal depression. Only your eyeballs need the light, and they need it on schedule every morning. A light box that delivers at least 10, 000 lux for at least 20 minutes each morning through fall and winter is a much safer, and more effective, way to treat seasonal affective disorder that doesn't increase risk of skin cancer. ...Read more
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