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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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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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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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Will going in a tanning bed help me with my seasonal affective disorder?

Will going in a tanning bed help me with my seasonal affective disorder?

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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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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Can phototherapy help regular depression in addition to seasonal depression?

Can phototherapy help regular depression in addition to seasonal depression?

Many pts think so: Many of our non sad depressed pts say the lights & sunny days make them feel better. ...Read more

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I have seasonal affective disorder. Does sad light therapy help you much at all?

Absolutely: If possible get a full spectrum light and read or sit in front of it first thing in the morning for 30-40 minutes. ...Read more

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I need help with seasonal affective disorder?

I need help with seasonal affective disorder?

SAD: The most fun option for treating seasonal affective disorder is going on vacation in a warm tropical climate when it is cold back home. Light therapy can be very effective. Psychotherapy and psychotropic medications can also be beneficial. See: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/seasonal-affective-disorder/basics/treatment/con-20021047 ...Read more

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How effective are light boxes at combating SAD? Which light boxes would you recommend?

How effective are light boxes at combating SAD?  Which light boxes would you recommend?

Light therapy: Light Therapy can be incredibly effective for the treatment of seasonal affective disorder. You can buy low cost, small but effective light boxes now a day. I recommend use of white/ full spectrum light. The blue light boxes have been implicated in retinal damage and the development of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). ...Read more

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I need help with sleeping disorders? Tried aromatherapy, eye shades, etc.

I need help with sleeping disorders? Tried aromatherapy, eye shades, etc.

Help is out there: More is known today about sleep than ever before in the past, although there is a lot more to know. If you have tried your resources, talk to a physician that practices sleep medicine or is specifically board certified. http://yoursleep.aasmnet.org (american academy of sleep medicine) has some helpful recommendations and sites you might like to try. ...Read more

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Does light therapy work for seasonal affective disorder?

Does light therapy work for seasonal affective disorder?

Yes, but ...: While in recent years the blue light wavelengths were thought to be most effective, recent research shows that they may also speed the development of macular degeneration, a potentially eyesight-threatening disease. Do your research and ask your doctor. ...Read more

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Can I get seasonal affective disorder during the summer or spring?

Unlikely: Sad occurs in more frequency as you get farther from the equator and typically occurs during those months that daylight becomes shorter. It is believed that with limited exposire to a certain waveband of light, more melatonin is produced resulting in the person feeling lethargic, tired and depressed. With this said, i imagine if you limited your exposure, you could artificially produce this syndro. ...Read more

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To sun lamps help with circadian rhythm disorder?

To sun lamps help with circadian rhythm disorder?

They do: I've been practicing medicine in the midwest for 23 years. Between october and march, we may get 2-3 minutes worth of sun in 6 months. Vitamind deficiency is scarily common here, so anything that can safely provide light therapy without increasing skin damage i strongly recommend.Sorry, i might have exaggerated a bit on the midwest sunlight thing. We get 10 minutes... ...Read more

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How can I cope with seasonal affective disorder?

Prepare for it when : You are heading into the difficult season (sometimes it's not winter time). A major factor is getting enough light during waking hours and staying active physically. Getting restful sleep is critical also. Severe sad may require psychiatric care & medication to prevent full blown clinical depression. Be active socially and don't isolate yourself. Be aware and prepare. Do that early in the season. ...Read more

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Would sleeping with the lights on help my winter depression?

Would sleeping with the lights on help my winter depression?

No: Light therapy can be helpful for seasonal depression. It involves using bright lights at specific times of the day, with ones eyes open. ...Read more

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