Do sun lamps produce Vitamin D?
I live in the Pacific Northwest where it rains all winter. I have severe depression and the summer months helps alot. I know book lites help but do they produce vitamin D? I cant take anti depressants or vitamin D, I was wandering if a sun lamp would produce the vitamin D I need in the winter. My depression has gotten worst since the rain started. Please help.
light therapy does not produce vitamin D. however, I wouldn't give up on trying a light box during the rainy season. Not sure if a Target in your area carries them or you can purchase one online from us.
For me (I also live in the Northwest or actually Southwest of Canada), 5-htp and Omega 3 fish oils were a powerful weapon against depression. Type these terms into the search feature on our homepage and you'll get more info that I hope will encourage you!
The important thing is to not give up on your search. There is hope!
What about sun lamps that produce a tan? Do they produce vitamin D?
I'm afraid no light can produce vitamin D like the sun can. You may seriously need to consider moving to another part of the world if light therapy won't do it for your SAD, I'm afraid. Especially if you cannot take Vitamin D supplements.
The thought of moving may seem out of the question but if it's a question of sanity, I'd encourage you to consider it. This is something to talk over with your family, friends, counselor and doctor. (Making such a life changing decision when your mental health is suffering is not good to do on your own.)
Keep asking your doctor questions using the research in our handbook. Don't back down on asking the necessary questions to find your answer!