Help Me Not Be SAD
October 22, 2008 4:21 AM Subscribe
I'm heading into my first Northern European winter, and all of my Berlin friends are regaling me with stories of months spent in a state of unrelenting malaise while developing alcohol problems and watching people throw themselves on to the Bahn tracks. I had problems with depression even when I lived in California, so I'm trying to develop a strategy for a suicide-free season. My primary question: will the sunbeds at my local pool constitute "light therapy"?
posted by foxy_hedgehog to health & fitness (15 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
I've read through the previous questions on light therapy and SAD, and am looking for some floor lamps and full-spectrum lightbulbs (by the way, if you know what those are called in German you will win a special cash prize of an as-yet-undisclosed amount). I also am pro-midday walks and cardiovascular exercise. But I'm wondering if the sunbeds provide the type of light ("blue light"?) used in light therapy, or if I'm just courting a bad tan and skin cancer.
Whatever the lizard part of my brain is that responds to light therapy is called thanks you in advance.