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I Have Seasonal Affective Disorder Does Sad Light Therapy Help You Much At All
I live in Portland Oregon and we've only had 7 sunny days since October.
I feel much better when the sun is out, but the consistent overcast and rain can get me down. I think I might have a little Seasonal Affective Disorder. Do light therapy boxes real
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
I am an sad sufferer and I am no longer able to control my symptoms with light therapy or vitamins can you please help?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What other options are available for treating seasonal affective disorder besides light treatment?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer