My mood has always taken a downturn around November and picked up again mid-April for as long as I can remember. I've been getting particularly depressed this year, so I talked with my therapist and was diagnosed with SAD. She recommended a light therapy box to help, but with my circumstances I am unsure of which to purchase. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by BuddyBoo
on Nov 18, 2013 -
I recently moved. The only light in my bathroom is from five of these bulbs
(with the smaller bases -- I don't know exactly what they're called) over the medicine cabinet. I'm wondering if there are nice, bright, LED (full spectrum?) SAD-fightin' bulbs, ideally with warm white light, that I could screw in in their place. Any additional brightness would be welcome to help my brain as I get ready for the day and the year gets darker (I have to get up very early for work). Thanks very much!
posted by the brave tetra-pak
on Oct 28, 2013 -
I think I'm prone to Seasonal Affective Disorder, and would like to try a light box this winter to avoid the blues. Which one should I buy? [more inside]
posted by hot soup girl
on Nov 22, 2011 -
The time change just kicked in, which means the long, cold, dark, stupid winter starts now!
Other people who get Seasonal Affective Disorder or related symptoms -- what are your best hacks to make the season more bearable? [more inside]
posted by anotherthink
on Nov 8, 2010 -
Effected by S.A.D in the winter, yet when I remain in the sun for a good portion of the day during summer I feel exhausted. I'll take a nap from 5 to 10, eat, then go back to sleep just fine and wake up in the morning. It's ludicrous, the sun wears me out almost as bad as the lack of it. [more inside]
posted by mrflibble
on Jun 29, 2010 -
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"? [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog
on Oct 22, 2008 -
I'm interested in purchasing a light box to help combat seasonal affective disorder (SAD); can anyone recommend (or warn against) specific models that they (or someone they know) have used?
posted by korpios
on Feb 21, 2008 -