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Light Box Therapy for Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.)

Studies have found that the use of a Light Box can be helpful in alleviating the symptoms of what is commonly known as Seasonal Affective Disorder. S.A.D. is the depressed mood one may experience during the darker, colder Winter months. For some people, the onset of S.A.D.symptoms can be as soon as early Autumn.

Light therapy or Heliotherapy, has also been used to treat certain skin disorders (please consult your dermatologist for information about that). For S.A.D., studies have found that a brief, daily exposure to a special Light Box can be helpful in alleviating the depressed mood associated with Winter.
Until recently, Light Boxes were quite expensive and out of the reach of the average person. Now there are several reasonably priced Light Boxes available on the general market (check Amazon). Whichever one you decide to buy, be sure that it is designated for mood enhancement and not skin disorders. The Nature Bright SunTouch Plus is very popular http://www.naturebright.com/ Which ever one you try, be sure to follow the manufacturer’s directions for use and safety.
Combined with psychotherapy that provides strategies to help you cope, a light box might help alleviate your symptoms.

For other tips on how to cope with Seasonal Affective Disorder, see my blog: Combating Autumn and Winter Blues-Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.): 15 things you can do to cope and feel better.

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