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HELP FOR SAD

Posted: 01.8.2016
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression associated with the winter months due to less exposure to sunlight. Treatments may include lightbox therapy, antidepressant medications and behavior therapy. A new study of 177 people with SAD suggests that talk therapy (cognitive behavior therapy where patients learn to challenge their negative thoughts) may help prevent relapses of SAD better than lightbox therapy. Both therapies were effective after the initial six-week session; however, after two winters, 46% of the light-therapy group had a recurrence of symptoms compared to only 27% of the talk-therapy group.

 

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