In: light

Bipolar Depression Light Therapy
Bipolar Depression Light Therapy
October 6, 2017

The news that bipolar depression light therapy may be effective is good news and follows a series of studies this past…

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An Epidemic of Fatigue
September 1, 2017

Several of my patients reported odd changes in their sleep and  their energy level this past week, as though there was…

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Darkness Treats Mania?
January 24, 2017

Bright light is one of the most rapidly effective treatments for depression and may be helpful for depression even in people…

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Bright Light for Non-Seasonal Depression
November 23, 2015

Bright light may work for non-seasonal depression. This is the conclusion of a study published in the prestigious psychiatric journal JAMA…

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Sleep Deprivation in Western Society
October 18, 2015

In February the National Sleep Foundation announced the publication of new guidelines for the amount of sleep that we should be getting…

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Chronotherapy for Depression
March 16, 2015

Chronotherapy for depression was recently shown to be effective in a fairly large and well designed study from New Zealand. What…

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Circadian Rhythm Self Assessment
November 30, 2014

I ran across a wonderful tool for circadian rhythm self assessment on the website of the Center for Environmental Therapeutics. The Center…

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Seasonal Affective Disorder – Fall Reminder
September 19, 2014

Seasonal affective disorder affects many of us to some degree. Once again, it is nearing the Autumnal Equinox. This is the…

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The Power of Daily Rituals: A Morning Walk
September 4, 2014

What is the power of a morning walk? Even such a simple daily ritual can have profound effects on mood. After…

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Let There Be Light
July 12, 2014

Those who experience depression regularly at certain times of the year (in San Francisco, a winter depression usually begins in late…

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How Light Affects the Brain
March 31, 2014

Two recent articles that I reviewed highlight the accumulating evidence that something as simple as sunlight has profound impacts on brain…

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Using a Therapy Light
December 26, 2013

Christmas vacation is ending, It has been wonderful to spend some relaxing time with family, getting up later in the day,…

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Get Ready for Fall
August 22, 2013

As August winds itself up, it is time to start thinking about the fall and then winter coming up. A little…

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Mood and the Brain’s Clock
August 12, 2013

As we slowly move from summer to fall, it may be timely that the issue of Biological Psychiatry that arrived in…

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Happy Winter Solstice
December 22, 2012

For those of us in the northern hemisphere this is a day well worth celebrating. Today marks the shortest day of…

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How Could Light Help?
December 4, 2012

There has been considerable skepticism about the value of light therapy for people with seasonal depression, despite a very compelling research…

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November 27, 2012

Traveling can be exciting, but it can also be very stressful. It is particularly important for people living with moods to do…

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Time Change: Fall Back
October 31, 2012

The time change in the United States is the classic “time of challenge and time of opportunity.” First, the challenge –…

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Bay Area Blues
October 13, 2012

If you live in the bay area you probably noticed that this past week you felt a little less energetic. It…

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Night Shift
September 8, 2012

A young ER doctor came in to see us because he works the night shift, and found that he was having…

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