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What is Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), and how can lighting improve this condition?

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What is Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), and how can lighting improve this condition?

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Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a serious depression that recurs each year around the same time, starting in the fall or winter, and ending in the spring. Some of the symptoms typical of depression are sadness, anxiety, irritability, inability to concentrate, withdrawal into solitude and loss of interest in life. This condition can also cause changes in sleep paterns and changing in eating habits. Treatment: Light therapy, also called phototherapy, is considered the standard treatment of SAD… The device most ofton used is a bank of white fluorescent lights… Controlled studies have shown that using some form of natural lighting such as light boxes or fluorescent lighting greatly improves the mood of people suffering from this condition… For more information, please visit other links related to light therapy on the internet….

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