Saturday, June 15, 2019

My 12-year-old son was diagnosed with SAD when he was about eight. He has suffered since he was six, if not younger. I have...

A reader asks:  My 12-year-old son was diagnosed with SAD when he was about eight. He has suffered since he was six, if not younger....

Has the amount and timing of melatonin supplements been established for treating SAD?

A reader asks:  Has the amount and timing of melatonin supplements been established for treating SAD? Answer: Despite many press accounts to the contrary, clinical trials thus...

Living in upper New York State with low winter daylight, I wonder if flooding the house with overhead bright light to simulate overhead sunshine...

A reader asks: Living in upper New York State with low winter daylight, I wonder if flooding the house with overhead bright light to simulate...

Fall has arrived. I still feel OK, but I am trying to decide when to start light therapy. Should I start with the time...

A reader asks:  Fall has arrived. I still feel OK, but I am trying to decide when to start light therapy. Should I start with...

I experience advanced sleep phase disorder (ASPD) in addition to SAD. …

A reader asks: I experience advanced sleep phase disorder (ASPD) in addition to SAD. My understanding of SAD is to treat it with morning light....

I understand that only a small percentage of the population exhibits symptoms clinically significant enough to be diagnosed as being seasonal affective disorder (SAD)....

A reader asks: I understand that only a small percentage of the population exhibits symptoms clinically significant enough to be diagnosed as being seasonal affective...

I suffer from SAD and was wondering if UV light (from a sunbed) has any benefits?

A reader asks:  I suffer from SAD and was wondering if UV light (from a sunbed) has any benefits? Answer: As best we know, the mechanism of...

If one is sensitive to some fluorescent light — for example, I get migraines — can light boxes be used to treat SAD?

A reader asks:  If one is sensitive to some fluorescent light -- for example, I get migraines -- can light boxes be used to treat...

What is the likelihood that individuals with light sensitivity (photophobia) can also have SAD? …

A reader asks: What is the likelihood that individuals with light sensitivity (photophobia) can also have SAD? The fall/winter months have been consistently difficult for...

Can you tell me if sunbeds help in treatment of seasonal affective disorder?

A reader asks:  Can you tell me if sunbeds help in treatment of seasonal affective disorder? Answer: The provisional, but strong answer is No! The essence of...

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