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Adjunctive Bright Light Therapy for Bipolar Depression: A Randomized Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled Trial

American Journal of Psychiatry, Ahead of Print.
Source: American Journal of Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Authors: 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
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Conclusions rs7713917 influenced brain grey and white matter structure and function in BD, long term effects of lithium on white matter structure, and antidepressant response to chronotherapeutics, thus suggesting that glutamatergic neuroplasticity and Homer 1 function might play a role in BD psychopathology and response to treatment.
Source: Progress in Neuro Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry 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
Midday bright light sessions associated with higher remission rate than dim red placebo light treatment
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Tags: Family Medicine, Gynecology, Internal Medicine, Nursing, Psychiatry, Journal, Source Type: news
People afflicted with bipolar disorder may find some relief from depression with daily doses of light therapy, new research suggests.
Source: Health News - UPI.com - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Study found an hour in front of a light box helped ease depressive symptoms
Source: WebMD Health - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Study found an hour in front of a light box helped ease depressive symptoms
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Tags: Neurology, Nursing, Psychiatry, News, Source Type: news
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