SAD Light Treatment – Is Light Therapy as Effective as Prozac?

Most of us prefer a natural treatment to relieve seasonal depression. But is it as effective as antidepressants? Find out now.

light-therapy-sadSAD Light treatment and antidepressants have both shown to be effective for seasonal affective disorder (SAD), also called “Winter Blues” and “Seasonal Depression”.

But when you start to lose your energy, your mood drops and the cookies are calling you, it’s time to decide which treatment will be better for you: Prescription Antidepressants or SAD light treatment?

I think it’s safe to presume that most of us would favor the natural treatment over medication, possible suffering from awful side effects and possible liver damage and dependency, right?

 Will SAD light Treatment be as Effective as Antidepressants?

light-therapy-studiesFortunately, A 2006 multicenter double-blind randomized controlled trial compared bright-light therapy head to head with the popular antidepressant Prozac (fluoxetine) The study found the 2 treatments EQUALLY effective for relieving winter blues. Even better news: SAD light therapy produced FASTER results, usually within a week and with much fewer side effects.

 

Why Do Only a Few Doctors Prescribe Light Therapy for SAD?

To find an answer to this question, The New York Times interviewed Dr. Alfred Lewy, a professor of psychiatry at Oregon Health and Science University and an expert on seasonal depression and light therapy.

The New York Times article offers some tips from experts about using SAD light therapy: The most important tip is this: “Side effects include headaches and hypomania, though experts say these are rare. Face the light but do not stare at the light. If you have an eye condition of any kind, clear light therapy with your ophthalmologist first.”

SAD Light Treatment Costs

Most SAD light boxes can be purchased for about 200$ (though there is a very good one that costs less than 100$ – Read the review about it here) online. Some patients manage to get insurance reimbursement by having a prescription from their doctor, but don’t count on your policy to cover it.

Don’t know how to choose the best light box for SAD? This ultimate guide will help you out!

To your health and happiness,

Meital

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