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Can regular fluorescent ceiling lights help with seasonal affective disorder?

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Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Michael Fisher
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry

In brief: No

SAD is now referred to as Depressive Disorder with Seasonal Pattern in DSM 5.
It is a subtype of depression. Fluorescent lights will not provide the benefits that can be obtained from a phototherapy light box.

In brief: No

SAD is now referred to as Depressive Disorder with Seasonal Pattern in DSM 5.
It is a subtype of depression. Fluorescent lights will not provide the benefits that can be obtained from a phototherapy light box.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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