seasonal affective disorder

seasonal affective disorder

How To Choose A SAD Lamp : Light Therapy

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http://lawrensmith.com/sad-checklist/ Discover 5 tips on how to choose a SAD lamp. Estimates vary, but somewhere between 4% and 6% of the North American population suffers from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). The particular kind of SAD that I am referring to is winter depression. Winter depression rates tend to increase the farther North you go in North America, as the condition is linked to decreased sunlight where the days get shorter. Thus, it makes sense that one of the ways to treat SAD (the winter depression type) is through the use of SAD lamps. As with many other purchases, you want to do your homework before you decide on a lamp that is safe and effective. Here are some helpful tips on how to choose a sad lamp: 1. Get recommendations from your local mood disorders association or your doctor. 2. Choose a lamp with a suitable intensity of light (10,000 LUX is the recommended light intensity.) 3. Determine what style of lamp will work best 4. Check with your physician and optometrist before using or purchasing a SAD lamp 5. Ensure that the lamp you purchase filters ultraviolet (UV) light In summary, seasonal affective disorder does have effective treatments. One of those is using a SAD lamp. By using the tips above, it will make it easier to find a lamp that suits your needs, is effective, and safe.