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Seasonal Affective Disorder: Using Light Therapy
  • Bright light therapy is an effective treatment for seasonal affective disorder (SAD). The most common light therapy uses a special type of light, called a light box. This is much brighter than a lamp or other light fixture in your home.
  • Light therapy is easy and safe. It has few side effects and can be done at home.
  • People who have eye problems or who take medicines that cause sensitivity to light should not use light therapy without first consulting a doctor.

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Other Works Consulted

  • American Psychiatric Association (2010). Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients With Major Depressive Disorder, 3rd ed. Available online: http://psychiatryonline.org/guidelines.aspx.

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Alfred Lewy, MD, PhD - Psychiatry
Current as of March 14, 2013

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Last Updated: March 14, 2013
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