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Clinical Efficacy, Onset Time and Safety of Bright light Therapy in Acute Bipolar Depression as an Adjunctive Therapy: a Randomized Controlled Trial

Bright light therapy (BLT) is an effective treatment for seasonal affective disorder and non- seasonal depression. The efficacy of BLT in treating patients with bipolar disorder is still unknown.
Source: Journal of Affective Disorders - Category: Neurology Authors: Tags: Research paper Source Type: research

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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
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
By Christian Jarrett The clocks have gone back and there’s a chill in the air. It’s well known that during these darker months, a significant minority of us experience unwelcome negative changes to our mood (at least if you believe in the notion of Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD, which not all experts do). Now an intriguing study in Psychiatry Research has explored the link this condition may have with another psychiatric diagnosis, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). The results suggest that people with OCD are more likely than average to experience seasonal effects on their mood, and that for these ...
Source: BPS RESEARCH DIGEST - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Mental health Source Type: blogs
Happy Saturday, sweet readers! It’s a gorgeous day here in my neck of the woods, and trust me when I say we’ll be taking full advantage of it! After all, the days are getting shorter and soon there won’t be as many warm and sunny days (at least, not here) until spring. Many people begin experiencing seasonal affective disorder (SAD) as fall really kicks in. As many of you know, for a lot of people light therapy is an effective way to treat SAD. However, did you also know light therapy might be able to help with bipolar disorder? That’s just one of the topics we’re covering in today’s Psy...
Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Bipolar Brain and Behavior Celebrities Disorders Industrial and Workplace Policy and Advocacy Professional Psychology Around the Net Research Self-Esteem Stigma Treatment Bipolar Disorder Defense Mechanism Denial Depression Source Type: blogs
Light therapy (LT) has been widely used in the treatment of seasonal affective disorder. Recently some evidence indicated that LT may play a role in bipolar depression, either as monotherapy or in combination with total sleep deprivation (TSD). However, the studies examining the treatment effect of LT in bipolar depression resulted in inconsistent findings. To clarify the role of LT in the disorder, we conducted a meta-analysis to compare the efficacy of LT in the treatment of bipolar depression.
Source: European Neuropsychopharmacology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Source Type: research
This article looks at interventions that are helpful for those suffering wintertime SAD. If the darker days put you into a darker mood, there are several interrelated things you can do to help yourself: Bundle up and go outside. Yes, go outside where it may be cold and windy. There are a number of studies that show that an hour a day of exposure to the sun’s rays do much to reduce the symptoms of SAD. Why? Because exposure to sunlight helps your body regulate the production of melatonin, the hormone that helps people sleep. More melatonin is produced when there is less sun, making you sleepy. More sun can result in ...
Source: Psych Central - Category: Psychiatry Authors: Tags: Cognitive-Behavioral Depression Diet & Nutrition Disorders General Healthy Living Psychology Psychotherapy Seasonal Affective Disorder Self-Help Sleep Bipolar Disorder Caffeine Circadian rhythm Circadian Rhythms Hypomania I Source Type: news
Authors: Melrose S Abstract Seasonal affective disorder or SAD is a recurrent major depressive disorder with a seasonal pattern usually beginning in fall and continuing into winter months. A subsyndromal type of SAD, or S-SAD, is commonly known as "winter blues." Less often, SAD causes depression in the spring or early summer. Symptoms center on sad mood and low energy. Those most at risk are female, are younger, live far from the equator, and have family histories of depression, bipolar disorder, or SAD. Screening instruments include the Seasonal Pattern Assessment Questionnaire (SPAQ). Typical treatment...
Source: Depression Research and Treatment - Category: Psychiatry Tags: Depress Res Treat Source Type: research
For some, the winter is hardly "the most wonderful time of the year." Seasonal affective disorder is a condition that affects nearly 10 million American adults and can make a few months out of the year feel downright unbearable. It's common to feel bouts of the winter blues, but those with seasonal depression may experience symptoms and low moods that sometimes make everyday tasks feel impossible. Here are a couple of things to keep in mind about seasonal affective disorder, its treatment options and how it affects people's daily lives. 1. The underlying cause of SAD isn't just bad weather. In most cas...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - Category: Science Source Type: news
DISCUSSION: There are very few specific data on seasonal bipolar depressive episodes. This literature review has highlighted that BLT should be handled as a regular antidepressant treatment in patients suffering from seasonal bipolar depressive episodes. PMID: 26481654 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: L Encephale - Category: Psychiatry Tags: Encephale Source Type: research
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