Effective Light Therapy For SADAugust 9th, 2012 | Posted by in Light Therapy for SAD Information
The Mayo clinic defines SAD as "a type of depression that occurs at the same time every year." It effects in summer as well as winter. 1 in 35 Canadians suffering from SAD. Some of the symptoms are: low mood, difficulty waking up, excessive sleeping, craving of carbohydrates, weight gain and social withdrawal. Treatments for SAD include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, antidepressant drugs, and light therapy. Light therapy has been shown to improve mood in 2/3 of patients treated with it, according to professor of psychiatric medicine at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Dr. Raymond Lam, M.D. The usual recommendation is to use the light for 30 minutes or more each morning. There is a wide variety of choices when it comes to light boxes, different intensities and spectrums of light.
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