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Is light therapy suggested for bipolar disoder or not. My son

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Is light therapy suggested for bipolar disoder or not. My son did go into a depressed state when it was raining but I also read that light therapy might make someone manic. He recently had a severe manic episode but is now on medication

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Well light therapy is usually and to some extent exclusively used for a condition called as SAD ( Seasonal Affective Disorder) which has been colloquially termed as Winter Depression as it is most commonly seen in winters when the days are short and sunlight is in deficit thereby causing some vulnerable lot to slip into a depressive cognition. So comes the light therapy to help such patients out and overcome the depressed state.


However light therapy is not usually recommended for Bipolar disorder and medication still remains the best ploy to counter the Bipolar symptoms including depression.


No light therapy is not associated with precipitation of a manic episode.


I hope this helps.


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