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

    ByHealthwise Staff
    Primary Medical ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
    Specialist Medical ReviewerAlfred Lewy, MD, PhD - Psychiatry

    Current as ofNovember 14, 2014

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    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
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