Friday, April 19, 2019

Can light therapy alter endocrine hormone levels? There may be some evidence that TSH levels can be affected, but what about prolactin?

A reader asks:  Can light therapy alter endocrine hormone levels? There may be some evidence that TSH levels can be affected, but what about prolactin? Answer: The...

Does seasonal affective disorder subside in more temperate climates?

A reader asks: Does seasonal affective disorder subside in more temperate climates?   Answer: Although exceptions to the rule have been reported in some surveys, in general, Seasonal...

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

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

Why is it that drug therapy for SAD should not continue year-round, as you say in question #1337?

A reader asks:  Why is it that drug therapy for SAD should not continue year-round, as you say in question #1337? I have heard from...

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...

There’s no magic about the date of time change. Some people with SAD, or those with the less severe winter doldrums, begin to feel...

A reader asks:  There's no magic about the date of time change. Some people with SAD, or those with the less severe winter doldrums, begin...

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...

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...

If a SAD person sleeps with the bedroom window covered to block night street lights, will their ability to wake in the morning be...

A reader asks:  If a SAD person sleeps with the bedroom window covered to block night street lights, will their ability to wake in the...

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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