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LIGHT THERAPY TO TREAT DEPRESSION

Posted: 06.15.2016
Light therapy, which is used to treat seasonal affective disorder (SAD), may also be effective in treating nonseasonal depression, especially when combined with an antidepressant. A new study involving 122 adults with major depression assigned participants to one of four groups: light therapy and a placebo; a device that was not light therapy and an antidepressant; the placebo device and placebo pill; and light and an antidepressant. After 4 weeks, about 60% of the group using light therapy and an antidepressant had remission of their symptoms while the other groups had only small improvements.

 

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