Wednesday, February 27, 2008



Midday Light Therapy for Bipolar Disorder

Light therapy has been used for seasonal-depression disorder (SAD) for years. Many people have found the doses of bright light, mimicking sunlight, can help relieve symptoms of depression and increase a positive mind state. Recently, a new article from Reuters Health reported on a study that suggests that light therapy can also help those suffering with bipolar disorder.

The study was carried out with nine women that had not been successful with conventional treatments and were experiencing serious depression with bipolar disorder. Each of them were given a light box and used them for two weeks, some in the morning and some in the afternoon. While three out of four in the morning group experienced sleeplessness, anxiety and low mood, the midday group had a stable response. Eventually, all participants were moved to the midday group.

The study was conducted by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pennsylvania and concluded that while bright light in the early mornings seemed to aggravate symptoms, a dose of bright light at midday actually lessened symptoms and could possibly be effective treatment for bipolar disorder.




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