Can light therapy relieve symptoms of seasonal affective disorder?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
Light therapy is typically the first line of treatment for the depression symptoms of seasonal affective disorder (SAD). During the therapy, you sit for a certain amount of time in front of a light box, which mimics sunlight. Exposing yourself to the light can help improve mood and energy levels.

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