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Doctor insights on: Can Regular Fluorescent Ceiling Lights Help With Seasonal Affective Disorder

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Can regular fluorescent ceiling lights help with seasonal affective disorder?

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

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Does light therapy help your seasonal affective disorder? Will regular halogen or fluorescent lights work?

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

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Are any special tests needed, or can a regular doctor see me for my seasonal affective disorder?

Are any special tests needed, or can a regular doctor see me for my seasonal affective disorder?

Regular doctor: This is something to discuss with your primary care doctor. Sometimes tests will be ordered, but usually your regular doctor can recommend treatments ranging from increased exercise, to light therapy, to medications to help with this! ...Read more

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Will full spectrum light bulb for a regular lamp ward off symptoms of seasonal affective disorder?

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

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I need help with seasonal affective disorder?

I need help with seasonal affective disorder?

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 (bupropion) 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

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Does seasonal affective disorder affect your mood all year?

Seasonal disorder: Seasonal affective disorder (sad) is a kind of depression that occurs at a certain time of the year, usually in the winter.Causes, incidence, and risk factors.Sad may begin during the teen years or in adulthood. Like other forms of depression, it occurs more often in women than in men.People who live in places with long winter nights are at greater risk for sad. ...Read more

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Just found out I have seasonal affective disorder. How will this affect me going forward?

SAD: Probably in the same way that it has already affected you. But, now you know and can do something about it. Talk to your family doctor and get a psychiatric consultation for the treatments that are now available. ...Read more