Blue Blocking Glasses for Mania

Blue Blocking Glasses for Mania

Peter Forster Bipolar Treatment 1 Comment

Blue blocking glasses may be a useful adjunct to medications for mania. Bright light is one of the most rapidly effective treatments for depression and may be helpful for depression even in people without a clear seasonal pattern (winter depression). A recent study suggests that the opposite may be true, that avoiding light may treat mania. The portion of the …

CBT for Seasonal Affective Disorder

Peter Forster Treatments of Depression

CBT May Be More Durable Treatment for SAD Than Light Therapy Six weeks of cognitive-behavioral therapy sessions tailored for seasonal affective disorder (CBT-SAD) may lead to longer-lasting effects than those seen with light therapy, according to a recent study in AJP in Advance. Light therapy is a proven approach to treat acute SAD, but previous studies show that most patients …

Bright Light for Non-Seasonal Depression

Peter Forster Major Depression, Treatments of Depression

Bright light may work for non-seasonal depression. This is the conclusion of a study published in the prestigious psychiatric journal JAMA Psychiatry. Researchers at the University of Toronto and the University of British Columbia in Canada conducted a randomized, double-blind, placebo- and sham-controlled, 8-week trial in adults (aged 19-60 years) with major depression of at least moderate severity. 122 patients were …