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JenJen

This may be to old to ask but this stood out for me, 

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Unfortunately a couple of yrs. ago my P doc upped my dose of Wellbutrin which eliminated he need of the light box....

 

I am on wellbutrin and the mornings are hard for me.  I have had a box for many years but did not use it last year.  I am considering using it again this season.  My doctor suggested it based on my low levels of vitamin D, not for depression.  

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JackieDecides
On 1/13/2016 at 9:26 AM, Rockingchaircat said:

For those who are interested I have been using a Verilux (appropriately named) Happy Light. http://www.verilux.com/light-therapy-lamps/happylight-6000/

I've been using it twice a day- 30 minutes in the morning, 30 minutes in the evening. I followed the manuals recommendation- kept within 1-2 feet of my eyes, above eye level and off to one side. Go for one about 10,000 lumen/lux. And be sure it's a full spectrum light.  Bascially it sits next to my computer viewscreen.

 

 

this is a very good thread - I read every word and followed the links and was trying to "multi-quote" but can't manage to.

 

I am going to order a Verilux Happy Light off amazon today, just a question of which one. I am mindful of starting low and going slow, as the last thing I need is more anxiety and insomnia.

 

but I have always felt worse in winter and think light therapy might help. it's worth $100 to try! 

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Rachellynn
On 4/28/2011 at 6:44 PM, Hopeful said:

I was warned by a doctor that they can cause mania…I never had that problem with it.

Obsessed with the fact that your Dr. warned you about the light box but look at us all in w/d😂😭 thanks Doc!

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JackieDecides
On 11/4/2018 at 8:34 AM, JackieDecides said:

I am mindful of starting low and going slow, as the last thing I need is more anxiety and insomnia.

 

somewhere else I posted I had been using my Happy Light and thought there was an improvement but it was subtle. that was awhile ago, and I'd been using it for an hour most mornings. at some point things changed, not sure what happened first but I'd stopped using it mostly because my insomnia improved so I didn't have an hour to spare in the morning. (like today I slept in until 4:45 AM!) and also, I have been having increased anxiety.

 

this morning - not having used the light in maybe a week - I used it for 30 minutes and YIKES I'm sure my anxiety went up. so now it's almost 7 AM and I'm having a cup of sleepytime tea while getting ready for work! 😒

 

my point is, the light can really have an affect. I guess that's good, since that's what I bought it for. 

 

since this is my first winter in DECADES without being on an SSRI I was worried I might have a major depression and that's why I got the light. 

 

not sure what I'm going to do now, but not use it when I'm having increased anxiety, I guess. if that goes away I'll try it again.

 

if??  of course I mean when. feelings just FEEL like they are forever. 

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ChessieCat
4 hours ago, JackieDecides said:

this morning - not having used the light in maybe a week - I used it for 30 minutes and YIKES I'm sure my anxiety went up.

 

Use it for a short period of time and build back up slowly.

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JackieDecides
7 hours ago, ChessieCat said:

Use it for a short period of time and build back up slowly.

 

thank you, I will try it. 

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frasier23

Hi everyone,

 

I'm curious about light therapy since Ive read some good things about it. There isnt much

research out there yet but its well known to have effect on *Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) as well as erectile dysfunction (both "proven"). 

 

So I have some questions for you out there that have tried it.

 

For long did you try it?

 

What benefits did you see?

 

If you stopped with it, why?

 

 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2913518/

 

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TortugaHealing

Hello,

I just wanted to share my positive experience with light box therapy.  I started it a couple of weeks ago, hoping it would help sleep.  The disappointing news is that it hasn't helped my sleep much.  I noticed maybe a couple days after starting though, that my mood was much improved!  I also had more energy, and seemed less emotionally reactive.  And, I swear, I also noticed  a cognitive improvement! (quicker mentally, memory better, learning easier) My anxiety also seems significantly better. (Not sure if the reduced anxiety is from light therapy or a change in my life.). I use it 20 to 30 minutes in the morning.  I sit about a foot and a half to two feet away from it, and although I'm facing it, I don't look directly into the light.  It can damage your eyes if you do.  Had a little eye irritation from it, so cut down from 30 minutes to 20 minutes.  Please be careful if you have bipolar disorder, as it can trigger a manic episode. I'm using SunTouchPlus powered by skyeffect, and the box says nature bright on it. I had a friend give it to me, but I think they run about 70 bucks.  It has a switch to emit ions on it also.  I don't use the ions though because I read that it might have some negative health consequences.  Maybe check with your doctor to see if light box therapy is a good alternative.  I believe it is recommended to get one that has at least 10,000 lumens.

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