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Can Your Eye Color Increase Your Chances of Having SAD?

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Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, is a condition that affects an estimated 10 million Americans. This condition, which is marked by symptoms such as fatigue, appetite changes, and mood swings, often impacts those who live in colder climates more frequently, as its onset is linked to the seasonal change in…

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4 Tips for Choosing the Right Light Therapy Box for You

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You’ve done your research and talked to your doctor, and have decided that bright light therapy may help with your condition. Now comes the time to choose a light box and get started. There are a ton of options on the market, and wading through to find one that’s right…

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6 Tips for Talking to Your Doctor If You Think You Have SAD

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As the weather gets colder and the days get darker, you can feel yourself slipping into the “winter blues.” You want to sleep longer each morning, your appetite changes, and you may be more irritable than usual. If you experience these symptoms around the same time every year, you may…

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5 Tips for Making Bright Light Therapy Part of Your Daily Routine

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You know bright light therapy is great for your seasonal affective disorder or depression. But it’s not always easy to ensure you get your daily session in, no matter how hard you try. To help you have the best chances of success with bright light therapy, here are 5 ways…

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Can Bright Light Therapy Help with Weight Management?

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You started the year with lofty goals. Get organized, spend more time with family, even lose those stubborn 15 pounds that just don’t seem to budge. As you’ve slogged through these last cold, dark, wet months of winter, you may be finding it more difficult than you initially thought to…

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Can Bright Light Therapy Help Mood & Agitation in Those with Dementia?

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Alzheimer’s disease and dementia impact ever-increasing numbers of Americans. An estimated 5.6 million people over the age of 65 live with Alzheimer’s, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. This debilitating disease robs people of their memories, their abilities to perform simple tasks, and their enjoyment of everyday life. Among the many…

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What Causes Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)?

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Each year, as the sun begins to set earlier and earlier and the temperature drops, you notice you feel more sluggish and sleepy. Maybe you get more irritable, or your productivity at work drops. You want to eat more, especially those comfort foods you fall back on when times are…

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Can Bright Light Therapy Help Those with Eating Disorders?

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Eating disorders are serious psychological conditions where a disordered perspective of a healthy weight leads to unhealthy eating habits such as not eating at all (anorexia) or binge-eating and purging (bulimia). While ongoing therapy, as well as medications to treat underlying mental conditions that can contribute to eating disorders, such…

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6 Conditions of Modern Life that Disrupt Circadian Rhythms

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Getting to sleep isn’t always easy. You can do all the things you’re “supposed to” do, such as turning off screens an hour before bed, avoiding caffeine in the afternoons, and exercising daily, but sleep is still elusive. No matter how hard you try, you just can’t settle your brain….

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Midday Bright Light Therapy & Its Effect on Bipolar Disorder

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Early morning bright light therapy has been used for over 30 years to reduce symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), and other non-seasonal depression. Could that same therapy benefit those with bipolar disorder? What Is Bipolar Disorder? Bipolar disorder is a brain disorder characterized by episodes of mood swings ranging…

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