The Psychiatry of Light

Posted in Brain Health, Mood Support

Wonderful to see Harvard recognizing the effectiveness of light therapy to a broad range of imbalances in the mind and body.
Harv Rev Psychiatry. 2015 May-Jun;23(3):188-94. doi: 10.1097/HRP.0000000000000078.

The psychiatry of light.

Abstract

Bright light therapy and the broader realm of chronotherapy remain underappreciated and underutilized, despite their empirical support. Efficacy extends beyond seasonal affective disorder and includes nonseasonal depression and sleep disorders, with emerging evidence for a role in treating attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, delirium, and dementia. A practical overview is offered, including key aspects of underlying biology, indications for treatment, parameters of treatment, adverse effects, and transformation of our relationship to light and darkness in contemporary life.

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