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wHAT IS A GOOD LIGHT FOR SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER

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wHAT IS A GOOD LIGHT FOR SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  JoshMD replied 8 years ago.
HelloCustomer
Yes, a light box is believed to be an effective treatment for seasonal affective disorder. However, there is limited quality research to support a specific wave length or type of light. The literature does mention to avoid tanning beds primarily because of the skin exposure.

In general, the light boxes are the recommend source for treatment. Staring directly at the light is not recommended.

Amazon.com had a number of light boxes ranging in price and size. The key thing to look for is the number of lux (ie 10,000-lux). The higher the lux rating the stronger the light and the less time required for treatment.



http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/seasonal-affective-disorder/DS00195

http://familydoctor.org/online/famdocen/home/common/mentalhealth/depression/267.html#ArticleParsysMiddleColumn0006
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
She is on antidepressants and has very sensitive skin. Would this be a problem?
Expert:  JoshMD replied 8 years ago.
No, this will definitely not interact with the medications and should be gentle enough on her skin.
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