Light box (and other) recommendations for Seasonal Affective Disorder?
September 6, 2011 11:01 PM Subscribe
Looking for Seasonal Affective Disorder recommendations on light boxes etc.!
posted by UniversityNomad to health & fitness (11 answers total) 21 users marked this as a favorite
So I have SAD [Seasonal Affective Disorder], and while it's been pretty bad in Boston, it will probably be even worse in the UK, where I'm heading this fall. I currently have light box called a Carribbean Sun Box, which I'm on the fence about. It's the regular rather than the blue one. Sometimes I think it's somewhat helpful and sometimes I think it's bunk. Obviously this could be me not being responsive to light therapy rather than the box's fault! Nevertheless, I'm interested in switching it out for a different light box, if the consensus is that there are better boxes out there. I've heard good things from a friend about the Philips goLITE BLU; any comments from MeFites about that one, or any other blue light boxes? Or any other boxes, for that matter? Any advantage to getting a dawn simulator one rather than a regular one? Any boxes to avoid, in your experience? Bonus points for something easily transportable trans-Atlantically in luggage.
I know light boxes have been asked about before on Ask Metafilter, but it looks like it was several years ago, and I was thinking newer technology may have come out since then. Any more general recommendations for dealing with SAD would be super appreciated too! I additionally manage my SAD in the fall/winter by taking Wellbutrin daily (this seems to do the most for me), exercising, trying to spend some time outside, and spending time in bright rooms, etc., but I'd love to hear any other ideas. Thanks so much for the help!