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Depression - Light Therapy

Many people suffering from Depression have found light therapy, also known as "Photo Therapy", very helpful in helping to regulate their moods. This is particularly true with people suffering from "Winter Depression " or SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). Seasonal Affective Disorder affects people who find that the lack of sunlight in the winter months, has a negative affect on their moods causing them to feel depressed. Light therapy or photo therapy replaces the light that they are missing and helps to even out their moods.

Light therapy for depression can be as simple as walking an hour outdoors, in sunlight, even if it is overcast it counts! Or it can be as complicated as getting a Light Box and a "Dawn Simulator" to help you wake up in the morning. Studies have shown that 20-30 minutes of stimulation with 10,000 lux of light, is very helpful in regulating moods. People who don't feel they have time to use a light box can also get a "Light Visor", which is worn on the head in a similar fashion to the visor Gordie wears in the Star Trek movies. A light visor produces less light and must be worn longer than most light box treatments take however.

If you suffer from depression or feel depressed during the winter months, or even overcast rainy days, you might want to talk to your doctor or counselor about trying light therapy. Try putting bright lights in your room and turning them on, maybe on a timer, for fifteen minutes as you wake up, or going for a walk each day during day light hours. If this helps think about getting a light box or dawn simulator. It probably couldn't hurt, and it could help !