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Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) was first described more than ten years ago by Dr Norman E. Rosenthal, himself a sufferer. He recommended long hours in front of a light box as a cure. (A light box is a portable box fitted with powerful electric lights.) However, this was often difficult for sufferers to fit into their busy lives. Moreover, there was a risk of overexposure to harmful ultra violet rays.
Since then, light therapy has been improved. Stronger lights (with no ultraviolet rays) can be used for shorter periods of time: many patients now get good results from only half an hour in front of high-intensity light boxes.

Dr Rosenthal sets up his light box in front of his indoor skiing machine. This way he gets the benefit from two types of cure at once: light and exercise. It is w ell known that regular physical activity works as an anti-depres-sant, whether seasonal or not.

The benefits of light therapy :

Light therapy offers many potential benefits for people with seasonal affective disorder. It may be helpful for you if:

You don't want to take medications such as antidepressants

You can't tolerate the side effects of antidepressants

You've tried antidepressants but they haven't been effective

You want an alternative to psychotherapy

You're pregnant and concerned about the effects of antidepressants on your developing fetus

You lack insurance coverage for mental health services

Light therapy may be helpful in treating conditions other than seasonal affective disorder. However, it shouldn't be a substitute for standard treatment. And keep in mind that little research has been done using light therapy for other disorders.

Another researcher has found that, by simulating an early sunrise while SAD sufferers sleep. There is no need for special light therapy during the day. Dr Michael Tcrman has invented a computerised machine that emits low-intensity light while the patient is asleep. This fools the brain into thinking that the sun has risen early and that winter is over.
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Tags: seasonal, affective, disorder, light box, therapy, cure

Category: Health  - ( Health Archive)

Date Added: 23 June '09

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