Midday Bright Light Therapy (BLT) for Bipolar Disorder
“Daily exposure to bright white light at midday significantly decreased symptoms of depression and increased functioning in people with bipolar disorder, a recent Northwestern Medicine study found.”
Bright Lights at your local library
“My hope is that we can see light therapy lamps in libraries across the country!”
Northern Light Technologies is proud to be a part of this great project.
Bright Light Treatment for Depression
“We don’t usually get response rates in the range of 75 per cent in any depression trials,” said Levitt, chief of Sunnybrook’s brain sciences program. “So the magnitude of the difference was surprising to us.”
Adding light therapy to the antidepressant treatment also reduced patients’ symptoms much more quickly, he said.
Who hasn’t felt like staying in bed and hibernating in the depths of winter? If it’s an occasional feeling, no problem, but if it’s chronic, you could have the Winter Blues.
See what the experts have to say: Iris Krawchenko Pharmacist Manager of Dell Pharmacy
“First and foremost it’s important to get a diagnosis from your physician or health care provider, and then you have two options and both have been validated scientifically. Currently light therapy is the primary treatment for Winter Blues but an alternative is using an antidepressant as well,” explains Iris Krawchenko , of Dell Pharmacy. She adds that anti-depressants must be taken all year long, while light therapy is only used seasonally.
Women are more likely than men to be diagnosed with Winter Blues. Symptoms often begin when a woman is in her 20s and get progressively worse. Candidates for light therapy will lack energy, decrease their activity level, crave carbs and therefore gain weight. They’ll have trouble getting up in the morning and experience difficulties socially, wanting to withdraw from activities, becoming irritable and possibly suffering from severe anxiety attacks and heart palpitations. Symptoms must be experience for two consecutive winters to fit the Winter Blues profile.
Dell Pharmacy carries a range of light boxes that simulate sunlight. For relief from symptoms, Winter Blues sufferers receive a daily dose of artificial sunlight by sitting in front of the box for 30 minutes a day, preferably before 8 a.m. The duration of the exposure and the distance between the patient and the appliance is determined by a health care professional.
“We’ve been involved in light therapy for over 20 years. We do our research annually so we see what’s current, what has been studied, what has been validated and what is safe,” explains the pharmacist.
Light therapy boxes produce an extremely bright light that simulates sunlight at a level of 10,000 lux. Krawchenko stresses that when purchasing a light therapy box, be sure the light does not peek in the blue wave length. This quality of light has been linked to macular degeneration in the eyes.