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Seasonal Affective Disorder
1. Canadian Consensus Guidelines for the Treatment
of Seasonal Affective Disorder
This report is the first comprehensive clinical guide for the diagnosis and treatment of SAD. Using a rigorous consensus process, the members of this group reviewed the world scientific literature and formulated evidence-based recommendations for the diagnosis and treatment of SAD.
2. Expert Sheds Light on How and Why Artificial Light
Can Treat Seasonal Affective Disorder
This article from the New York Academy of Sciences is a summary of the conclusions drawn by Michael Terman, who has conducted clinical trials on the effects of light therapy with patients who suffer from SAD.
3. Randomized, Controlled Trial of Bright Light, Dawn
Simulations and Negative Air Ionization for Winter
This trial replicates earlier work showing the superiority of bright light therapy, high-density negative air ionization and dawn simulation over placebo controls.
4. A Multi-Year Controlled Trial of Bright Light and
Discusses the difference in effectiveness of light therapy and low-density ions in the treatment of the winter blues. Concludes that light therapy delivered greater responses and the response rate was higher in the morning than in the evening.
Bright Light Therapy and Women
5. An Open Trial of Morning Light Therapy for
Treatment of Antepartum Depression
This is the first study to focus on light therapy used in treating postpartum depression. The study concluded that morning bright light therapy has an antidepressant effect on pregnant women with depression. In comparison with light treatment for winter depression, the rate of improvement in this study appeared more gradual.
by the non-profit Center for Environmental Therapeutics (CET)."