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Depression

Frequently Asked Questions About Light Therapy

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February is a time when Seasonal Affective Disorder or (SAD) is most prevalent.
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Doctors diagnosis of SAD is required for insurance to pay for treatment.
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Do I need to see a doctor to treat my Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)?


Bright light bulb
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Will replacing the light bulbs in my house with brighter ones work just as well?


Full spectrum light is a color preference but has little to no effect on SAD
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Is it important to use full-spectrum light?


Man adjusting his light box
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How much does a light box cost? Is it covered by insurance?


Hand blocking sun
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Can I make my own light box?


Early morning traffic jam
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Can I use use a head mounted light device?


UVA/UVB can hurt your eyes protect them even with light box.
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Do I need to stare into the light for it to work?


20-90 minutes should be enough time in front of lightbox, but varys from person to person.
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How long do I need to sit in front of the light box?


Early morning riser
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What is the best time of day for light therapy?


Possible side effects
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Are there any side effects with light therapy?


Deborah Gray

Deborah Gray

Deborah Gray wrote about depression as a Patient Expert for HealthCentral. She lived with undiagnosed clinical depression, both major episodes and dysthymia, from childhood through young adulthood. She was finally diagnosed at age 27, and since that time, her depression has been successfully managed with medication and psychotherapy.