Treating S.A.D. Through Light Therapy Video

Who hasn’t felt like staying in bed and hibernating in the depths of winter? If it’s an occasional feeling, no problem, but if it’s chronic, you could have seasonal deficit disorder (SAD). “First and foremost it’s important to get a diagnosis from...
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Female Speaker: Looking forward to a long whole dark winter, likely not and especially not if the reduced hours of daylight really get you down. To shed some light on the topic of Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD is Iris of Dell pharmacy. This is DailyWeb TV. Tracey Bezeau: Today we are at Dell Pharmacy and we are taking light therapy. Iris explain to me what light therapy is? Iris Krawchenko: Light therapy is used to treat something called Seasonal Affective Disorder otherwise known SAD. SAD is characterized as a seasonal depression where it starts in the fall and then it leaves in the spring time. Tracey Bezeau: What are some of the symptoms that people should be looking for? Iris Krawchenko: Typically side effects -- women more than men, it's almost 2 to 1 ratio and it begins in your mid 20's and then it becomes more and more intense annually. And in order to have a true diagnosis of seasonal affective disorder it has to happen two consecutive years in a row. And so typically that we can characterize the symptoms into two branches one is physical and one is emotional. So from a physical perspective people just feel a lack of energy, they have decreased activity and another marker is just difficulty getting up in the mornings. And from an emotional perspective they just have social withdraw, you don't feel like going anywhere you just want to stay home it's almost like a form of hibernation or cocooning, irritability and almost sometimes you get such a feeling of anxiety that you can have heart palpitations as well. Tracey Bezeau: What are my options now that you know I have SAD, what now? Iris Krawchenko: Yes, I think first and foremost it's important to get a diagnosis from your physician or healthcare provider and then you have two options and both have been validated scientifically. Currently light therapy is the primary treatment for seasonal affective disorder, but an alternative is using an antidepressant as well. But by using an antidepressant you have to use that year around you can just sort of start in the fall and stop in the spring it would be sort of a lifetime commitment to treatment. Tracey Bezeau: Explain some of your models that we have sitting with us right now. Iris Krawchenko: Again we've been involved with light therapy for over 20 years. So we do our research annually to see you know what is at current what has been studied what's been validated and what's safe. So this is our fleet models that we are carrying this year. This is a portable light therapy model and you can see it's quite bright and the reason for that is, it is simulating natural sunshine and when you go to look for a light therapy box you have to see that it is a 10,000 lux box and lux is a metric measurement of the intensity of light. This light box and the one that's standing beside you that's called the flamingo because of the one arm there. They are 10,000 lux boxes and you achieve a dose by sitting in front of it at a specific distance for a specific period of time. And typically we say 30 minutes first thing in the morning before 8'o clock. Tracey Bezeau: Well I am starting to feel more energy now. I'm starting to feel more awake that I did one when I came in here. Can I just go any random store pick a box up off the counter and go home plug it and sit front of it? Iris Krawchenko: Yeah that's a great question. Light therapy boxes have to be designated to be true light therapy boxes and again you have to look for specific information that you are getting a dose of 10,000 lux so look for that. We also would encourage you to look for once that do not peak in the blue wavelength and what I mean by that is all light therapy boxes look white. You can see this bright white light therapy, these are fluorescent bulbs, some of them do peak in blue wavelength and that peak in the blue wavelength has been linked to macular degeneration of eye. So its not definitive but there is a some concern about that so again we always wanted, first d

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