Light Therapy

As I discussed in my last post, Light Therapy is mainly used to help treat Seasonal Affective Disorder. During light therapy, you place a device called a light therapy box in the same room as you. Whether it be at work or at home, the light therapy box just has to be placed within close proximity of the individual. The box gives off a bright light that artificially mimics sunlight. Light therapy is thought to affect brain chemicals linked to mood, easing the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder. Since this disorder tends to be present due to lack of sunlight in the winter, light therapy is able to somewhat replace that sunlight these individuals may be lacking. Using a light therapy box may also help with other types of depression, sleep disorders and other conditions. Light therapy is also known as bright light therapy or phototherapy.

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3 Comments

  1. This sounds like a good solution to seasonal affective disorder but how effective is it? Does it work really well for all people suffering from seasonal affective disorder ? Is it combined with other types of treatment? The light box seems like such a simple solution, hopefully it will be the new solution to this disorder.

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