Seasonal Affective Disorder

  1. Just a question for those who are desperately seeking the sun like me... Have any of you tried light therapy and if so, what type of light box do you have? We have had minimal sun lately and I feel that it is affecting my sleep (too much)...I'm thinking about buying a light box and propping it in front of my computer...Thanks for any info!

    Jamie
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  3. by   Rustyhammer
    or....you could move to New Mexico.
    -R
  4. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Yes light boxes DO work. You can rent them and it's worth it. Or you can risk it and get a bunch of tickets to a local tanning booth. Either way, the effect on serotonin levels in the brain are beneficial. But I in no way recommend tanning......Skin cancer is not worth the risk.....many just LOVE the feel of the tanning booth. Up to you.
  5. by   EmeraldNYL
    Jamie, I definitely have this problem right now. I am tired all the time and have no motivation and fatigue very easily. As soon as the weather starts to warm up I will lose weight and have more energy. I am definitely considering getting a light box or going tanning-- a few sessions won't give me skin cancer and I can always put on a light sunscreen!
  6. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Someday, I'm gonna have my own tanning bed. This helps me so much, although I haven't been in the past 2 years. I really notice the difference too.

    Heather
  7. by   Lausana
    February & March are supposed to be the worst for SAD...I go to the tanning bed every now and then when I'm grumpy & it really does make me feel better to get a little light
  8. by   researchrabbit
    One of the psychiatrists I worked for in Kansas bought some photographic lighting equipment which was actually cheaper than the lightbox marketed for SAD. It even looked similar to the lightbox. He checked it out, was certain the wattage and type of light were the same, and that's what he used for his light therapy patients. So you might look at alternate sources. I think he paid $150 in 2000
  9. by   Jedav
    I looked at a site on SAD and found some light boxes-generally run around $150-250...Some HMOs will reimburse the cost...My mom's co-worker (male) has a light box and really notices a difference...I guess the key thing is to make sure that the lights are *full spectrum*-preferably without UV rays that you get in the tanning beds...I'm REALLY thinking about it...Although, I'd rather be in Maui

    Jamie
  10. by   renerian
    I have never used a light box but my friend does and she swears by it. I understand the missing sun. Winter is so dreary.

    reneian
  11. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    I think it's especially hard working 12 hour days. It's dark when I go to work, and it's dark when I leave.

    I can't wait until summer when there's still some light when I leave. Makes me feel like I didn't completely waste the day (even though I really did!)

    Heather
  12. by   emily_mom
    I start tanning in Dec. Nothing much, just once a week is enough to help.

    Kristy
  13. by   ShandyLynnRN
    Does the light therapy just work for S.A.D, or does it work for other types of depression as well?
    I have thought about doing the tanning bed thing, since I have always been low energy, and more so since working nights. I guess it wouldn't hurt to try it! I loved going to the tanning beds once I got over the initial burn. I never used them enough to know when to stop on my first time... after getting my buns burned 2 years in a row, I decided it wasn't worth it!
  14. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Always start low Shandy. I usually start at half of whatever the bed is (there are 10 minute beds, 20 minute beds, etc.) Then I do that time for 2-3 visits, and increase a minute at a time.

    I'm really fair skinned, so I have to start and build slowly in order to build a good base that will last if I miss a week or so. And it obviously keeps me from burning my pasty cheeks!

    But I would imagine that just as light therapy every little bit would count. You probably wouldn't need to stay in long enough to tan, unless that's an added benefit you want.

    Heather

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