What can be done about it?
Light therapy is especially effective in the fight against seasonal depression, but it can also treat :
+ sleep disorders
+ skin pathologies
+ eating disorders
+ general well-being
Light therapy can be practiced either in a medical setting by therapists (doctor, psychiatrist, neurologist, naturopath, etc.) or at home.
When to start?
Treatments usually begin in the fall and continue until early spring. Sessions generally last 10 to 30 minutes. If you are a beginner, start with short sessions (10 to 15 minutes).
Light naturally triggers the production of serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is the brain chemical that makes you feel good.
What the experts say
Dr. Carl Vincent, a psychologist in Moline, Illinois, suggests that in the setting of depression light therapy be used with other treatments, such as psychotherapy. "The idea is that it be used as a complementary therapy," Vincent says. "In addition to treatment, people with depression during the winter months should try to be more active.
Winter is a time when people tend to be more sedentary and getting more exercise can help improve mood."