Light therapy in psychiatric and neuropsychiatric disorders: from evidence to guidelines.
Among those suffering with seasonal affective disorder (SAD), some are predisposed to get more relief from the bright light therapy than others. Are you among them?
Light may not only improve the feelings related to depressions, dementias or sleeplessness, but also our ability to think and cope with stress. Stunning findings recently published in respected Hormones and Behavior journal.
Editor’s choice. This amazing study from 2012 proves bright light therapy to be effective in depression in a really convincing manner. More studies like this, please!
Brand new overview from 2019 of existing research on bright lamps in Parkinson’s presents very optimistic data. We only have four quality studies systematically assessing efficacy of bright light therapy (BLT) available, but the results we have so far are positive.
Problems with initiating and maintaining sleep have various causes. In some of them, light therapy is efficient, in some not. Learn to tell them apart!
Research found bright light therapy to work better when applied alone than together with other treatments. But there is a catch there: when alone, treatments work better for the statistician – but for the patient, they work better when applied together.
Inability sleep with ease, or insomnia, affects three in ten Americans. In up to ten per cent of population, the problems are serious enough for the formal diagnoses. Clearly, insomnia is something widespread that normal, healthy people face
How to choose between psychotherapy and medication? Can pills make you smarter? Interview with Professor Sashakian from Cambridge University.
We know that bright light therapy works for seasonal depression, but with the non-seasonal one, results are still not conclusive, researchers from Cambridge said in 2016. And offered the conclusion by calculating the total effect across all available studies.
When anxiety is present together with depression, phototherapy helps with both. But how about anxiety itself? Research on this topic is sparse, so it is too early for any conclusions.