Is light therapy effective for seasonal depression?

Many pts say yes. Many of my sad pts say it helps them. Many benefit from wellbutrin (bupropion) as well.
Yes. But not in all cases. To be effective light therapy has to be consistent with the correct light frequencies and be convenient to do or it isn't rigorously used or effective. Antidepressant medication and counseling may also be necessary, especially when major depression or anniversary types of depression are a part of it.

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Does light therapy work for non seasonal depression as well?

May help... There is some data to suggest that light therapy can be effective in helping to treat other conditions like non-seasonal depression and insomnia. Given there are really no side effects, it may be worthwhile trying. Read more...
Other safe... ...Treatments you can try are fish oil and vitamin d - effective in sad, possibly helpful in non-seasonal depression as well. Read more...
Light Therapy. I would add that get a light with uv shield to protect against cancer and hopefully it stimulates Dopamine and helps depression. Read more...

How can light therapy help my depression in summer?

Improved mood. Exposure to light therapy for various amounts of time has been shown to improve mood. To determine whether there is benefit for you, try to observe patterns in your mood. If your episodes are related to cloudy and rainy days, light therapy may be beneficial. Exercise that raises your heart rate, gets you moving and breathing deeply will also help lift your mood. Read more...

Blue light therapy and acne? I've heard of blue light therapy for acne, and am wondering if that is the same kind of blue light used to treat depression? I'm 33, and still have problems with acne, and am considering using a blue light, but worry about any

Blue . Blue light (visible light) for acne can be helpful in some cases but, unfortunately, i haven't found it to have a very long lasting effect in patients that have done it. Read more about other treatment options and acne tips on the link below. I hope that helps. Read more...
Not the same. Blue light is from a laser or led. You can order laser lights on line. I have one at home. www.babyquasar.com ; you can order one here, cheaper than going to an md, . Read more...

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...
SAD therapy. Treatment for seasonal affective disorder may include light therapy, medications and psychotherapy. If you have bipolar disorder, your doctor will be careful when prescribing light therapy or an antidepressant. Both treatments can potentially trigger a manic episode. Read more...

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...
Light therpay lamps . Aredesigned specifacally for this kind of disorder. Some of my pateints with seasonal depression find these kind of lamp helpful but not all of them. A good counselor and maybe a psychiatrist for meds should be combbined with light therapy. Read more...

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

Melatonin lamp. You are likely referring to a melatonin lamp, and yes, for some folks they do indeed work. Read more...
SAD. Here is some excellent information from Mayo Clinic about treatment of Seasonal Affective Disorder with light therapy : http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/seasonal-affective-disorder/in-depth/seasonal-affective-disorder-treatment/art-20048298. Light therapy can be a very effective form of treatment !! take care. Read more...

Does light therapy work for seasonal affective disorder?

Yes. Many studies have shown the benefit of light therapy for sad. Now there is even evidence that blue light is the most important wavelength. Read more...
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...
SAD Therapy. Treatment for seasonal affective disorder may include light therapy, medications and psychotherapy. If you have bipolar disorder, your doctor will be careful when prescribing light therapy or an antidepressant. Both treatments can potentially trigger a manic episode. Read more...
Seasonal affect. For some, a melatonin lamp can be very effective. These can be found cheaply on Amazon.com. Read more...

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...