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Will light therapy help bipolar-type disorder?

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Dr. J. Kirk Clopton
Psychiatry
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In brief: Not really

There is some thought that seasonal affective disorder is a variant of bipolar disorder.
Light therapy can be effective food those who experience depression during the fall and winter. Outside of that, it would have no benefit.

In brief: Not really

There is some thought that seasonal affective disorder is a variant of bipolar disorder.
Light therapy can be effective food those who experience depression during the fall and winter. Outside of that, it would have no benefit.
Dr. J. Kirk Clopton
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry

In brief: Light therapy

has been used to treat: fatigue, jet lag, sleep disorders, seasonal affective disorder, depression, dementia and transitions to night work schedules.
It would need to be used cautiously for bipolar disorder due to the possibility of becoming agitated or flipping into mania. See: http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/light-therapy/home/ovc-20197416

In brief: Light therapy

has been used to treat: fatigue, jet lag, sleep disorders, seasonal affective disorder, depression, dementia and transitions to night work schedules.
It would need to be used cautiously for bipolar disorder due to the possibility of becoming agitated or flipping into mania. See: http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/light-therapy/home/ovc-20197416
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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