Another interesting new study summarized in Psychiatric Times shows that light therapy may be very effective in the treatment of bipolar depression.
“In a small study of midday light, 46 patients with moderate bipolar depression were randomized to 1 hour of bright white light at noon (7000 lux, which is less than the 10,000 lux usually administered for unipolar depression) or 50 lux dim red placebo light for 6 weeks.1 Patients exhibiting mixed features, as well as those with a history of rapid cycling in the past year, were excluded from the study. Patients with active suicidal ideation, those with any substance use disorder in the past 6 months, and those on melatonin, stimulants, or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs were also excluded. Thus, at best, the study results apply to a very limited number of patients in comparison with usual practice patients.”
BPD is a very serious affliction, and it’s an increasingly common diagnosis among seniors and dementia sufferers. Any treatment that doesn’t involve drugs is a welcome addition to the tool bag of therapists and psychologists.
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