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Title: Light Therapy for Depression

Light Therapy For Depression
  • How Does it Work and How to Choose the Right
    Light Box
  • By Meital James
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  • Did you ever notice how your depression worsens
    after spending a full day behind closed curtains
    at home? Have you ever spent half an hour out in
    the sun and found yourself smiling and whistling
    a cheerful tune? Well, the inventors of light
    therapy for depression noticed it too.

  • Theres no question about it and many studies
    have confirmed it Lack of sufficient light has a
    negative effect on our mental (and physical)
    health. It is already scientifically proven that
    bright light therapy can REVERSE seasonal
    affective disorder in just a few sessions and now
    more and more studies find that it works wonders
    with non SAD depression and depression during
    pregnancy as well. In fact, a few studies found
    that light therapy is just as effective as

How Does Light Therapy Help With Depression?
  •  Light promotes the brains production of the
    neurochemicals responsible for positive moods.
    This may explain why people not getting the light
    they require feel lethargic, less motivated and
    experience the blues.
  •  Light therapy is just like going outside for an
    hour a day, but without the risks associated with
    UV light.

How to Choose the Right Light Box for Depression
  • First of all, Im happy to report that according
    to my extensive online research, reading dozens
    of light box users, most of them swear by it and
    would not go through a day without it. But there
    are many light boxes out there. How to choose the
    right one and the best one?

These are the features you have to look for
  • The light box should be intended for SAD and
    depression specifically. Not for skin treatment,
    for example.
  • The light box should have 3 LED lights that
    produce 10,000 lumens each
  • The light should be blue. Recent research found
    that blue light at a certain range is more
    effective for depression and SAD than white
    light. But, blue light may cause some damage to
    your eyes so avoid looking directly at the light
    source in any light box that you buy.

  • UV light filter Look for a light box that
    releases as little UV light as possible at high
    intensity. If youre not sure, contact the
    manufacturer for safety information
  • Size and extra features Most people prefer a
    small to medium light box, its important if you
    dont have a big place to put it on, or if you
    want it to fit your desk or nightstand. Keep in
    mind most light boxes need to be positioned
    within 2 feet (61 centimeters) of you. Some light
    boxes offer more than an Off and On switch such
    as timers you can program, adjustable brightness,
    extended batteries and more.

  • Cost most of light boxes that meet the above
    criteria cost between 60 (Naturebright Suntouch,
    for example, costs 69 right now) to 500. Some
    health insurance companies cover some of the cost
    of light therapy for SAD, but you will of course
    have to get a prescription from your doctor.

The Top 2 Light Boxes for Depression
  • I have there are 2 light boxes that meet all of
    the requirements I have listed above and have the
    best user satisfaction rate online. (I use one of
    them at home every winter when my SAD pops to say
    hello). You can see them below, and read many
    user reviews for them
  •  Philips goLITE BLU
  • NatureBright SunTouch

  • Warning If you suffer from clinical or major
    depression, it is recommended that you dont try
    to treat yourself but consult with a doctor to
    avoid improper and dangerous use of the device.
    Also, Persons with eye problems such as diabetic
    retinopathy and sensitivity to light should not
    use light therapy because it can exasperate those