Seasonal Depression and Light Therapy

You've probably heard about Light Therapy for treating seasonal depression. But where do you go to learn more? How do you know what product to buy? Does insurance cover the cost? When should you see results? Can you really fit it into your  busy schedule?

Light therapy products come in all shapes and sizes and with all sorts of claims. Choose something that fits your lifestyle and bank account. 

Light Therapy for Better Mental Health

PIMH offers individual and small group assessments and consultations on Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and treatment options, especially light therapy. 60-minute sessions include information on the following:

  • What is Seasonal Depression?
  • Do I have it or am I at risk?
  • How can light therapy help?
  • Where do I find light therapy products?

Call to schedule a 60-minute consultation today!  412-687-1234
Click here for pricing.

Seasonal Depression: It's Not Just the Winter Blues

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Comprehensive Guide to Seasonal Depression

"A 'landmark book.'"--The New York Times

  • When the dark days of winter approach, do you feel sluggish and slow? Is it a struggle to get out of bed each morning?
  • Do you have difficulty focusing at work or in relationships, feel down in the dumps, or, worse still, get really depressed?
  • Does it get harder than ever to stick to a healthy diet and control your weight?
If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, you may be one of the millions of people who suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Picking up this book is the first step toward feeling more energized, productive, and alive--all year long. Dr. Norman E. Rosenthal's engaging, compassionate style and rich store of scientific wisdom have made this trusted guide a perennial bestseller. Dr. Rosenthal explains step by step how to evaluate your own level of seasonality, get the most out of light boxes and other effective self-help options, and make informed decisions about antidepressants and psychotherapy. The thoroughly updated fourth edition features a new chapter on different meditation practices and their benefits. Packed with information and insights, this is a tried-and-true survival kit for weathering the winter blues.

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Light Therapy Guidelines

When using light therapy:
  • Use normal room lighting. KEEP EYES OPEN.
  • Adjust eye level to about 2/3rds below top of light box.
  • Sit about 18 inches away from light box or follow light product specifications.
  • Just do what you normally do (eat breakfast, read the paper, work on computer, etc.)
  • Use in the morning (6am-9am); be consistent.
  • Start at 10-15 minutes; build to 30 minutes if necessary.
  • STOP if side effects occur.
  • Avoid overdose or excessive duration.
Possible immediate side effects:
  • Eye or skin irritation
  • Nausea, dizziness, agitation
Choose a light therapy product that:
  • Is specifically designed to treat seasonal affective disorder.
  • Provides 10,000 lux broad-spectrum white light.
  • Filters out ultraviolet (UV) light.
  • Is convenient for you to use.

Free Seasonal Depression Self Assessment

  • Do you have depression or Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)?
  • Are you curious or concerned about your circadian rhythm?
  • Are you sleeping the wrong hours?
  • Are you fighting fatigue when you need to be alert?
  • Do you need treatment for your symptoms but don't want to use medications?

GO TO: Center for Environmental Therapeutics
Automated, online, confidential self assessments.

Green Light Therapy

What can I do if I can't risk aggravating problems with my eyes?

There is an alternative. Experts have issued cautions regarding the risk of eye damage from the use of blue or "blue-enhanced" light therapy lamps and "bright" light therapy lamps. For twenty years people have been using low intensity green light therapy for depression, mood disorders, and night shift work and regulating sleep. The Lo-LIGHT therapy lamp is the only light therapy device used for sleep and mood disorders that does not cause the retina to "age more rapidly" and advance the onset of Age-Related Macular Degeneration.

For more on the effectiveness and safety of the low-intensity GreenLIGHT technology go to the Sunnex Biotechnologies website.

 

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