Light Therapy: Does It Work To Relieve Depression?

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Light Therapy: Does It Work To Relieve Depression?

Light therapy, also known as bright light therapy or phototherapy, has been successfully practiced for more than a decade to treat seasonal affective disorder or depression that often occurs in the winter months.

Studies have shown that a light box can also help treat year-round major depression. Bright light therapy is also considered the first-line treatment for SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder).

How Does Light Therapy Work?

During light therapy, one sits or works near a device called a light therapy box which gives off bright light that mimics natural outdoor light. The light is thought to affect brain chemicals linked to mood easing out Seasonal affective disorder symptoms.

The Benefits Linked With Light Therapy

People may utilize light therapy for several purposes, such as:

  • Natural depression treatment relieves the signs and symptoms of seasonal affective disorder.
  • A lower dose of antidepressant medication combined with light therapy can boost the efficacy of the antidepressant.
  • Use in place of antidepressants if you are expecting or breastfeeding.
  • This therapy may also help with other types of depression and sleep disorders.

What Are The Risks Associated With Light Therapy?

Light Therapy is generally safe, and the side effects are usually mild and short lasting. They may include:

  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Eyestrain
  • Agitation or irritation
  • Mania, euphoria, and hyperactivity are associated with bipolar disorder.

Caution: It's important to talk to a doctor before starting light therapy to avoid any complications!



What Is LED Light Therapy?

To improve the skin, LED (light-emitting diode) light therapy penetrates the skin's layers without causing any harm.

Today, a variety of skin conditions are frequently treated by dermatologists using LED light therapy. To achieve the best results for you, skin specialists frequently combine LED light therapy with other treatments including lotions, ointments, and facials.

However, it has nothing to do with treating mood disorders or depression.

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