Today millions of sufferers easily find relief in light box therapy, which is recognized by the American Psychiatric Association as an effective, low-risk treatment for SAD
Brooklyn, NY (PRWEB) February 16, 2012
With the amazing new SAD light box therapy solutions that can be found at BulbAmerica, it is now more important than ever to finally understand the real life benefits. Now, it's not just the eyes that have it; it's the ears, too. To relieve the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), European researchers are exploring the use of Bright Light Bulb Therapy (BLT) via the ear canal and they’re seeing promising results.
In a recent study, ten out of 13 SAD suffers reported a complete remission of symptoms after wearing earplugs outfitted with light emitting diodes (LEDs) for approximately four weeks. Typical treatment requires a chronic SAD suffer to sit within 12 inches of a fluorescent or LED light source (at a strength of 10,000 lux) so the light can target serotonin levels through the patient's eyes. These daily sessions routinely last approximately 30 to 35 minutes. Contrastively, in the Finnish study, participants were instructed to wear earplugs with a photic energy of 6.0-8.5 lumens in both ears, for between just 8 to 12 minutes, five times a week. The authors of the LED earplug pilot study are encouraged enough with the results to strongly suggest that further studies be conducted.
If this future investigation yields even more positive results, the news could very well be music to the ears of the 25 percent of Americans diagnosed with SAD. For one thing, this alternative treatment may prove suitable for consumers with medical conditions that affect the eyes (such as diabetes) as well as those who take medications that increase photo-sensitivity. It should also greatly reduce the possibility of accidental UV damage to the eyes of consumers who inadvertently fail to follow the prescribed method of light box therapy. Additionally, all SAD sufferers opting for the earplug treatment may also greatly lessen the possibility of long-term UV skin damage.
First diagnosed as early as two decades ago, SAD is a condition marked by recurring cycles of depression connected to the waning sunshine of fall and winter months. As with most forms of depression, symptoms of SAD can include: oversleeping, weight gain, lethargy, and in some more severe cases, bouts of chronic hopelessness. Indeed, although most SAD sufferers remain able to function day-to-day, there have been cases of hospitalization due to untreated symptoms.
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