Light and Dark Therapy

Clinical Update

A Practical Guide to Light Therapy

Topics: Alternative treatments | Bipolar Disorder | Complementary treatments | Depression | Depressive Disorder | Light and Dark Therapy | Light therapy | Lightbox | natural treatments | Seasonal Affective Disorder

Outdoor living, morning light, evening darkness, and regular rhythms of sleep and waking all have one thing in common: They prevent depression. That’s the conclusion of many large epidemiologic studies, but for people who work indoors and wake up to dark winter mornings, this isn’t good news (Asai Y et al, J Affect Disord 2018;241:235–240). Here

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Ask the Editor

Ask the Editor - Jet Lag and Psychiatric Disorders: Plan for Prevention

Topics: Light and Dark Therapy | Sleep Disorders

Dear Dr. Aiken: I enjoyed Dr. Phelps’ discussion of blue-light blockers as a treatment for mania in the February issue. I’m wondering: Could these work for jet lag? Dr. Aiken: Jet lag happens when people fly across multiple time zones. The body’s internal clock gets out of sync with the outside signals of sunrise and sunset. The result is inso

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