Top
20
Doctor insights on: I Have Seasonal Affective Disorder Does Sad Light Therapy Help You Much At All

Share
1

1
I have seasonal affective disorder. Does sad light therapy help you much at all?

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

See 1 more doctor answer
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
140 doctors shared insights

Light Therapy (Definition)

Jaundice of newborns is almost always managed ...Read more


3

3
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

See 3 more doctor answers
4

4
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

See 1 more doctor answer
5

5
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

7

7
Can you please give me a technical description of sad (seasonal affective disorder)?

Can you please give me a technical description of sad (seasonal affective disorder)?

It's gone!: Years ago it was a separate diagnosis, but in the recent diagnostic manual 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 (usually winter) and fully remits otherwise. It seems to be caused by the lesser amounts of sunlight and the affects that has on the body. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
8

8
Is sad stand for seasonal affective disorder or social anxiety disorder?

Is sad stand for seasonal affective disorder or social anxiety disorder?

Either works: Honestly, I have heard it referred to either. You could also throw in a mix of "separation anxiety disorder" when talking about kiddos as well. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
9

9
How prevalent is seasonal affective disorder? What are the criteria for a SAD diagnosis? Is it treatable in some cases w/out antidepressants?

How prevalent is seasonal affective disorder? What are the criteria for a SAD diagnosis? Is it treatable in some cases w/out antidepressants?

SAD: SAD symptoms occur with change in season (often fall and winter) & can include carbohydrate craving, increased appetite with weight gain, low energy level, irritability, moodiness, sleeping more, heavy feeling in extremities, being overly sensitive to rejection and it can impact relationships. It is often treated withot use of antidepressants. In the US – 1 to 10% of adults experience SAD but ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
11

11
Do you think I should go to the docs about my sad (seasonal affective disorder)?

Yes: If you are asking it is worth a consultation. If you are worried about your treatment, know that there are lots of different treatments and that you aren't obligated to do any of them. If you don't have insurance, or are worried about cost check into sliding scale psychotherapy or community clinics. Someone can point you in the direction that is best for you. Best wishes. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
12

12
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

13

13
Does sad light therapy help ?

Does sad light therapy help ?

DEFINITELY: Light therapy is very effective for seasonal mood disorder. Make sure that it is strong enough at 10, 000 lux. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
14

14
What's the difference between full-spectrum bulbs and light therapy lamps for sad?

What's the difference between full-spectrum bulbs and light therapy lamps for sad?

Name only, usually.: Full spectrum bulbs should have the same mix of light rays that sunlight does or they are not full spectrum bulbs. To be effective light therapy lamps should also try, as much as possible, to mimic the suns' rays. It is easier to do so with larger lamps. Some portable led lamps will not usually have that advantage. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
15

15
Where might I get a phototherapy/ light therapy/ sad light box for a reasonable price?

Where might I get a phototherapy/ light therapy/ sad light box for a reasonable price?

Shop around: The most important aspect in purchazing a light therapy lamp for sad is to make sure that it emits 10, 000 lux wavelength light band. There are some companies pricing these for a couple hundred or more on the internet. A year or two ago i did stumble upon one at lowes or menards that was around $30 and specifically had the waveband listed. ...Read more

16

16
I am an sad sufferer and I am no longer able to control my symptoms with light therapy or vitamins can you please help?

I am an sad sufferer and I am no longer able to control my symptoms with light therapy or vitamins can you please help?

Have you tried: Psychotherapy? Consider doing some work looking at whether other factors are related to your sadd. Sometimes there can be anniversary reactions to winter events. Good luck. Let us know how you do. ...Read more

17

17
What should I look for in a light therapy device for sad?

What should I look for in a light therapy device for sad?

Light source: Get a light that emits frequencies mimicing sunlight as closely as possible. Make sure it's easy to use under a range of circumstances. If too large, heavy or awkward then a tendency to not use it defeats its purpose. Some run on rechargeable batteries and are quite portable and easy to use. Led lights work well even though they are not totally sunlight similar. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
20

20
Could you tell me what's the best treatment for seasonal affective disorder?

SAD treatment: Seasonal affective disorder is thought to be related to seasonal decreases in sunlight exposure. One effective treatment for sad is light therapy. There are many products on the market. One that i think is well researched is phillips golite available through costco, amazon, and others. A psychologist or counselor who treats depression may help with any other contributing factors. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer