Bright light therapy helps adults with major depressive disorder

Stephen FellerVANCOUVER, British Columbia, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Researchers at the University of British Columbia found pairing fluoxetine, sold as Prozac, with light therapy can help adults with depression.
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Researchers report results from a randomized clinical trial to illuminate the effect of bright light therapy for the treatment of major depression in Parkinson disease.Medscape Medical News
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ConclusionsPsychosocial, pharmacological, and light-based approaches are promising avenues for treating circadian dysfunction in BD.
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Publication date: Available online 19 February 2019Source: NeuronAuthor(s): Lu Huang, Yue Xi, Yanfang Peng, Yan Yang, Xiaodan Huang, Yunwei Fu, Qian Tao, Jia Xiao, Tifei Yuan, Kai An, Huan Zhao, Mingliang Pu, Fuqiang Xu, Tian Xue, Minmin Luo, Kwok-Fai So, Chaoran RenSummaryLight plays a pivotal role in the regulation of affective behaviors. However, the precise circuits that mediate the impact of light on depressive-like behaviors are not well understood. Here, we show that light influences depressive-like behaviors through a disynaptic circuit linking the retina and the lateral habenula (LHb). Specifically, M4-type melano...
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Active Wearables, a medtech startup based in Austria, has released Pocket Sky, a wearable designed to combat conditions resulting from time shifts and poor access to sunlight. The device can be worn like a pair of glasses and emits blue light to emul...
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We’ve entered the “dark ages” as the midshipmen at the Naval Academy say — the weeks between Christmas break and Spring break when everyone turns a pasty white and the sidewalks are full of ugly slush. The lack of sunlight and the shorter days don’t help the pursuit of sanity. However, if you approach this time of year with a dose of creativity and enthusiasm, you need not fall down the rabbit hole of depression. Here are some ideas to keep your mood sunny when the weather is anything but. 1. Go to the light. I start using my light lamp in October. However, in January, this fixture become...
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Improving outcomes in patients with depression and posttraumatic stress disorder, drug development, and psychotherapy were among the topics of the seven articlesselected as favorites of 2018 by the editors of theAmerican Journal of Psychiatry. The articles are listed below in the order they appeared in the print issue of the Journal:Adjunctive Bright Light Therapy for Bipolar Depression: A Randomized Double-blind Placebo-controlled Trial: Dorothy Sit, M.D., and colleagues randomly assigned adults with bipolar I or II disorder with symptoms of major depression who were on stable concomitant medications to either a 7,000-lux...
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Publication date: Available online 3 December 2018Source: The Lancet PsychiatryAuthor(s): Miranda Wolpert, Kate Dalzell, Roz Ullman, Lauren Garland, Melissa Cortina, Daniel Hayes, Praveetha Patalay, Duncan LawSummaryThis Review reports on a scoping review followed by a systematic review to consider interventions designed to address or manage depression or anxiety in children and young people up to the age of 25 years without the need to involve mental health professionals. The scoping review identified 132 approaches, 103 of which referred to children or young people (younger than 25 years). These approaches included socia...
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This study protocol aims to determine, using a rigorous approach in patients with bipolar disorder (BD) and non-seasonal major depressive episode (MDE), the characteristics of bright light therapy (BLT) administration (duration, escalation, morning and mid-day exposures) depending on the tolerance (hypomanic symptoms). Methods: Patients with BD I or II and treated by a mood stabilizer are eligible. After 1 week of placebo, patients are randomized between either morning or mid-day exposure for 10 weeks of active BLT with glasses using a dose escalation at 7.5, 10, 15, 30 and 45 minutes/day. A further follow-up visit is ...
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DiscussionThe study aims to discuss and evaluate BLT as an additive method supporting standardized clinical procedures dealing with severe to moderate depressive symptoms in youth.Trial registrationGerman Clinical Trials Register,DRKS00013188. Registered on November 30, 2017.
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