Light Therapy

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Light therapy can treat more than just winter depression, though thats the main use for this type of treatment. Dr. Edward Hill discusses light therapy in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Light therapy is a way to treat seasonal affective disorder with exposure to artificial light. Seasonal affective disorder is a type of depression that occurs at a certain time each year, usually in the fall or winter.

During light therapy, you sit or work near a device called a light therapy box. The box gives off bright light that mimics natural outdoor light.

Light therapy is thought to affect brain chemicals linked to mood, easing SAD symptoms. Using a light therapy box may also help with other types of depression, sleep disorders and other conditions.

In addition to seasonal affective disorder, light therapy may also be used as a treatment for other conditions, including:

Types of depression that dont occur seasonally

Jet lag

Sleep disorders

Adjusting to a nighttime work schedule, and

Dementia

Light therapy probably wont cure seasonal affective disorder, depression or other conditions, but it may ease symptoms, increase your energy levels, and help you feel better about yourself and life.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.