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Light therapy similar to that used to treat seasonal affective disorder may increase sexual desire in men with a low libido via an increase in testosterone levels, an Italian study suggests.Medscape Medical News
Source: Medscape Psychiatry Headlines - Category: Psychiatry Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

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Source: Depression and Anxiety - Category: Psychiatry Authors: Source Type: research
Light therapy is the treatment of a disorder by exposure to electromagnetic radiation in and close by the visible spectrum (i.e., visible, ultraviolet and infrared radiation). Depending on the type of ailment, treatment is mediated through the skin or through the eyes. This paper only focus on light mediated through the eyes, used in the treatment of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) or circadian related issues like jet-lag.
Source: Journal of Affective Disorders - Category: Neurology Authors: Tags: Research paper Source Type: research
The use of light for its antidepressant action dates back to the beginnings of civilization. As early as 4700 years ago, Wong Tai mentioned the fluctuation of diseases with seasons, Hippocrates wrote on the interrelation between seasonal climates and mood (melancholia and mania) [1], and Aretaeus of Cappadocia prescribed, in the second century AD, that “Lethargics be laid in the light, and exposed to the rays of the sun, for the disease is gloom”. While being reported for millennia, bright light therapy (BLT) in depression was not officially recognized until 30 years ago for treating the Seasonal Affective Diso...
Source: Sleep Medicine Reviews - Category: Sleep Medicine Authors: Tags: Letter to the editor Source Type: research
Abstract Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), beyond mood changes, is characterized by alterations in daily rhythms of behavior and physiology. The pathophysiological conditions of SAD involve changes in day length and its first-line treatment is bright light therapy. Animal models using nocturnal rodents have been studied to elucidate the neurobiological mechanisms of depression, but might be ill suited to study the therapeutic effects of light in SAD since they exhibit light-aversive responses. Here Arvicanthis ansorgei, a diurnal rodent, was used to determine behavioral, molecular and brain dopamine changes in re...
Source: Brain Structure and Function - Category: Neuroscience Authors: Tags: Brain Struct Funct Source Type: research
Our society tends to dismiss seasonal affective disorder (SAD). We minimize it. We misunderstand it. Oh, you just don’t like winter. And who could blame you? Winter is tough on everyone. Oh, SAD is like the winter blues, right? You get grumpy or moody because you hate the freezing cold. You’re just in a funk. It happens to a lot of people. It’s totally normal. How can you feel depressed when the air is so crisp and it’s a winter wonderland out there? We incorporate SAD into our vocabulary, flippantly using it in conversation. “Similar to someone saying “I can’t make up my mind, it...
Source: Psych Central - Category: Psychiatry Authors: Tags: Depression Disorders General Seasonal Affective Disorder Stigma Light therapy Mental Health Stigma phototherapy SAD summer depression summertime depression winter depression wintertime depression Source Type: news
How do light therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, St. John’s wort, melatonin, and vitamin D stack up as treatments for SAD? The current issue of NCCIH Clinical Digest has all the latest research https://nccih.nih.gov/health/providers/digest/Seasonal-Affective-Disorder-science?nav=cd. /da
Source: MCR News - Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Tags: All Members Source Type: news
Gray and cloudy skies are not unusual in the Pacific Northwest. But, as the days become shorter and the dark starts setting in about mid-afternoon, it is easy to be less energized and feel more like hibernating. This is not unusual. However, for those who experience Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), other more intense symptoms may appear such as: sadness    gloomy outlook sadness gloomy outlook feeling hopeless, worthless, or irritable loss of interest or pleasure in activities low energy difficulty sleeping or oversleeping carbohydrate cravings and weight gain thoughts of death or even suicide The causes of S...
Source: Dragonfly - Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Tags: Health Literacy/Consumer Health Source Type: news
For 30 years, bright light therapy (BLT) has been considered as an effective, well-tolerated treatment for seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Because of low response rates, new treatment strategies are needed for bipolar depression (BD), which resembles SAD in certain respects. Few placebo-controlled studies of BLT efficacy have been carried out for BD. Accordingly, this study evaluates the efficacy and safety of BLT as an add-on treatment for BD. Thirty-two BD outpatients were randomly assigned to BLT (10000 lx) or dim light (DL,
Source: Psychiatry Research - Category: Psychiatry Authors: Source Type: research
This article on SAD describes it as follows: Seasonal affective disorder is characterized by feelings of sadness and depression that occur in the fall or winter months when the temperatures begin to drop and the days grow shorter. The depressive episode is often associated with excessive eating, sleeping, and weight gain. Depressive symptoms begin in the fall or winter and persist until the spring. Women are twice to three times more likely to suffer from the winter blues than men. Seasonal affective disorder can also impact people during the summer months (“the summer blues”), too, but it is less common. Peopl...
Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Depression OCD Research Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Sad Seasonal Affective Disorder Source Type: blogs
It’s that time of year again when the highly sensitive types among us who thrive with lots of sunlight begin to wither with the plants as the sun begins to hide. Not only do we get less vitamin D (and deficiencies have been linked to depression), but the change in sunlight affects our circadian rhythm — the body’s internal biological clock that governs certain brain activity and hormone production. In some people, the change of mood-related chemicals can cause seasonal affective disorder (SAD), also known as winter blues or seasonal depression. For an episode of major depression to be class...
Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Alternative and Nutritional Supplements Bipolar Depression Holiday Coping Mental Health and Wellness Roundup Self-Help Light therapy Sad Sadness Seasonal Affective Disorder Seasonal Depression seasonal depressive disorder Vitamin Source Type: blogs
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