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Now for Day 3’s powerful ingredient for curing your depression...
Cure-your-depression step 3:
Did you know that light affects depression?
the beginning of time, people have realized the healing power of light.
We feel rejuvenated when we’re in sunshine, and we literally whither in
the dark. In the early 80’s, researchers discovered that specialized
bright light (20 times brighter than normal indoor light), was the most
effective treatment for winter depression. Now tests are confirming
that this light is effective for non-seasonal depression as well.
It turns out that light is more than psychological. Light actually produces hormones and neurotransmitters that affect our mood and well being. One of these hormones, serotonin, is thought to be a major factor in depression. One recent study that was reprinted in The Lancet (The Lancet, Dec. 7, 2002, p. 1840), showed that bright light significantly increased serotonin levels, while dark or cloudy days caused serotonin to plummet.
of clinical, placebo controlled studies have been done using light
therapy to treat depression. These studies confirm that light is not
only as effective as other methods, but it causes no long-term side
effects. Additionally, people responded within a week to light instead of several weeks with medications.
Several studies have documented the advantage of specialized light for depression.
Patients responded to light within a week verses several weeks for
medication, and light posed no long-term negative side effects. A review of light therapy in Archives of General Psychiatry concluded the following:
“The evidence is in that light is an active neurobiological agent. Light therapy is easy to administer in outpatient settings, lacks major side effects, and, importantly, is cost-effective.” - Archives of General Psychiatry, October 1998
This powerful ingredient is most helpful to people who notice that there is a seasonal pattern to their depression. Doctor’s
recommend that people get at least 30 minutes of bright light exposure
per day. (The brain needs 2,500 lux for 30 to 60 minutes per day.)
can actually go outside in the sun (take off the sunglasses, but leave
on the sunscreen!) or get light exposure from a special light box that
emits the same amount of light (10,000 lux). This is perfect for those
of you who work the night shifts or under fluorescent lights all day or
live in an area of the world suffering from lack of natural sunlight.
You will find that a good light box costs no less than $170. (Many
of our readers have found this to be a great money saver considering
the amount we used to spend on our medication every month!)
You should try to get light exposure at the same time every day. Some
people like to sit by it while they eat breakfast and read the paper.
Some like to sit by it while they read or study in the evening.
Experiment to see what works best for you. And don’t miss a day of
light exposure if you can help it. This is something that will only
work for you cumulatively if you are consistent!
Here you can watch me talk about my light box...
THIS WEEK'S ACTION STEPS:
Ask your doctor about implementing the powerful ingredient of light therapy.
Open your windows to let in natural light.
Get outside for walks or a bike ride or simply sit outside and read in the sunshine.
If you live in a cold climate or season or work during the night and
sleep during the day, purchase a full-spectrum light for your bathroom
or kitchen. Apollo Light Therapy is the world leader in light boxes that produce excellent results. You can read the 5 star reviews for Apollo Light Therapy
if altering a person’s behaviour will produce the same beneficial brain
changes that can come from medication—without the risks and side
effects—then the advantages are obvious.
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Light Produces Brain Serotonin The Lancet
Low serotonin levels are associated with depression and seasonal
affective disorder (SAD). Researchers provide evidence that
brain serotonin levels increase when exposed to bright
light. This suggests that daily light therapy has a sound basis
Light Treatment for Nonseasonal Depression: Speed, Efficacy, and Combined Treatment The Journal of Affective Disorders /
Daniel F. Kripke
Bright light can be combined with standard therapies for treating
nonseasonal depressions and appears synergistic