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Doctor insights on: Over The Counter Treatment For Seasonal Affective Disorder

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

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

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Seasonal Depression (Sad) (Definition)

Seasonal affective disorder is a psychiatric condition in which individuals with otherwise normal mental health experience symptoms of depression during seasons with less sunlight. Commonly, individuals are affected during the winter time. ...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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Are tanning beds good treatments for seasonal affective disorder?

Are tanning beds good treatments for seasonal affective disorder?

No: Tanning beds use invisible ultraviolet light. The lights we use to treat sad is bright visible light, with open eyes". ...Read more

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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

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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

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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